As President Obama meets with the Saudi king in Riyadh Friday, he is almost certain to discuss the Ukraine crisis and how to respond. Could the US and Saudi Arabia coordinate a release of oil that would punish Russia's energy-dominated economy?
Russia's aggressive moves in Ukraine create a new East-West divide. But don't expect the tensions to usher in a new cold war. Here's why.
In an interview, Robert Kaplan says: 'The United States can preserve the peace [in the Asia Pacific] by seeking not domination, but a favorable balance of power with China. It must at some level allow China its rightful place in the Western Pacific.'
The US has repeatedly urged Europe to boost its contributions to NATO. Now concern is growing about NATO's capabilities as it faces its biggest crisis since cold war days.
The standoff between Russia and the West will likely take twists and turns for some time in the future. Investors in energy may need to brace themselves for a bumpy ride.