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Jeff Colgan

Is Democracy Eroding? (written by Jeff Colgan)

March 24, 2016 Political Violence at a Glance

Jeff Colgan in Political Violence at a Glance, "In the 1990s, Venezuela was an established democracy with entrenched civil rights and a well-functioning rule of law. For decades, its government had a president, a bicameral Congress, and a Supreme Court."


How OPEC Lost Its Bite (written by Jeff Colgan)

December 3, 2015 Foreign Affairs

Jeff Colgan in Foreign Affairs, "An analysis of OPEC’s behavior since 1982, which is when it first placed formal production quotas on member countries, reveals that OPEC’s allocation rules did not result in any meaningful constraints on its members’ rate of oil production."


From West Texas to the World (written by Jeff Colgan)

October 29, 2015 Foreign Affairs

Jeff Colgan in Foreign Affairs, "Like Clinton, thoughtful environmentalists will see the export ban as a bargaining chip. On its own, its environmental value is low. True, the ban discourages U.S. oil production, but its repeal would be partially offset by production decreases elsewhere in the world, making the net effect fairly minor."


An Iranian nuclear deal likely to delay shale recovery (comments by Jeff Colgan)

June 29, 2015 San Antonio Express News

Jeff Colgan, assistant professor of international studies and political science, comments on the future of oil prices, as the market prepares for the return of Iranian crude: “Some people think the Saudis might reduce their oil production to try to stabilize the price while Iran is increasing theirs. I tend to disagree with that,” Colgan said in part.


OPEC: united or divided? (comments by Jeff Colgan)

June 4, 2015 Albawaba Business

Jeff Colgan, assistant professor of politics and international relations, comments on OPEC, which holds its biannual meeting in Vienna on Friday. "OPEC does not function as a cartel," he said. "Its members continue to have quite different interests and are unlikely to cooperate in any meaningful way to cut their collective oil production."


Yemen shows sectarianism is malleable (written by Jeff Colgan)

April 13, 2015 Monkey Cage, Washington Post

Richard Holbrooke Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies of Jeff Colgan on Monkey Cage: "Rare, individual security threats might call for a U.S. military response, but over the long run the situation calls for a different approach. "