The oil and gas industry remains one of the world's biggest and most complex. Yet it is also now becoming one of the world's shakiest.
For David Howell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The U.N. faces daunting challenges in the age of Trumpism.
What a confused and frightened world needs from spiritual leaders is perception, wisdom and illumination, not the same old damaging socialist message from the 1970s.
Tired of the endless squabbling by the two extremes, chances are good the Conservatives will close ranks behind May's approach
Can an old-fashioned military alliance like NATO can deliver the security and physical safety modern societies need?
Democratic leadership with a coherent voice and message may be a thing of the past
The age of American domination, and Western-dominated global institutions, is coming to an end.
It is becoming ever harder to work out who is on whose side, who should be backing whom, and to what end.
The web of former British colonies fits like a glove with the new wave of globalization.
If post-Brexit Britain's future lies in Asia, that is where its hard resources and its soft diplomatic power must be redeployed.