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Ryan Opsal

Contributor since: 24 Jun 2015

Ryan Opsal

Dr. Ryan Opsal is currently an Adjunct Professor in International Relations at Florida International University, where he teaches on issues ranging from security to political economy.  His primary focus is on energy, political economy, grand strategy, and political risk, having completed a doctoral dissertation involving an in-depth analysis of American and Chinese energy policies utilizing a security framework and a data-driven approach to understanding energy security competition.

Latest articles from Ryan

  • Floating Solar Farms: Southeast Asia's Answer to Land Scarcity

    Published 23 January 2024 | viewed 2,122 times

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity additions are poised to be a central pillar of Southeast Asia’s energy future, with floating installations primed to play a critical…

  • Are Germany’s Energy Transition Plans Working?

    Published 22 February 2018 | viewed 15,497 times

    Considering the established political imperatives underpinning the German energy transition (Energiewende) and the overall push toward greater use of renewables in the energy mix, let’s…

  • Germany’s Unstoppable Renewable Revolution

    Published 17 January 2018 | viewed 36,764 times

    With many regions skewed toward greater political uncertainty, sources of constancy and dependability are valued commodities…  Once the “sick man” of Europe, Germany has emerged…

  • OPEC Has Never Had As Much Power As People Think

    Published 20 February 2016 | viewed 14,501 times

    It is no surprise that OPEC has had extreme difficulty coordinating a response to the latest price drops in the oil market. OPEC as a…

  • Oil Companies Shun South China Sea As Geopolitical Tensions Rise

    Published 03 January 2016 | viewed 29,921 times

    The South China Sea is continually paraded as a region rich in oil and gas deposits; however, no one really knows what’s there with any…

  • Why Is The U.S. Reluctant To Bomb ISIS Oil Fields?

    Published 02 December 2015 | viewed 59,653 times

    There has been some revealing new information coming out recently regarding the strategy against ISIS. One aspect many find troubling is the apparent failure of…

  • Will Low Oil Prices Increase Internal Instability In Conflict Countries?

    Published 25 November 2015 | viewed 17,414 times

    With over 1.6 million internally displaced in South Sudan, and another 600,000 refugees in neighboring countries, are oil price declines exacerbating humanitarian crises in oil-producing…

  • Why Venezuela’s Petro-Aggression In Guyana Is Being Largely Ignored

    Published 07 October 2015 | viewed 14,465 times

    The border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela has been ongoing for around two centuries, and Venezuela still claims large, resource rich swathes of Guyanese territory.…

  • What Will Happen To Oil Prices When China Fills Its SPR?

    Published 03 October 2015 | viewed 27,367 times

    The available information on China’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve is a mess. The data is sparse, infrequent, and contradictory, which is something one might expect from…

  • A Key Tool For Energy Investors

    Published 18 August 2015 | viewed 20,961 times

    Return on average capital employed has emerged as a key measure of efficiency in capital-intensive industries, especially in the energy sector. However, what initially seems…

  • The Growing Sino-Latin Energy Relationship

    Published 25 June 2015 | viewed 13,700 times

    With Li Keqiang’s recent business and investment blitz through Latin America, many in the region are hopeful these increased commitments will result in expanding business…

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