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Geopolitics

Can Libya Become A Global Oil And Gas Power Once Again?

Nov 30, 2021 at 17:36 | Simon Watkins

Given the delicate supply and demand balance at play in the oil market, which, as analyzed in-depth in my new book on the global oil…

Germany Urges Congress Not To Sanction Nord Stream 2

Nov 29, 2021 at 10:33 | ZeroHedge

Axios on Sunday has revealed that Germany has been quietly urging the United States not to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, even as…

The Geopolitical Game That Could Transform Gas Markets

Nov 26, 2021 at 11:43 | Cyril Widdershoven

At a time when media and financial analysts are fully focused on oil futures, natural gas markets are moving again. East Mediterranean gas futures, in particular, seem to…

The U.S. Is Using Saudi Arabia To Expand Its Influence In Iraq

Nov 08, 2021 at 15:28 | Simon Watkins

Ever since its occupation of Iraq in 2003 began to turn sour, the U.S. has been fighting a rearguard action against Iran cementing its influence in the neighboring…

Conflict In North Africa Threatens Gas Supply To Europe

Nov 05, 2021 at 14:21 | Cyril Widdershoven

European natural gas supplies are not only waning because of lower Russian supply. Brussels, Berlin and even the Hague are keeping a keen eye on the statements made…

Russia Insists That It Is Not Weaponizing Gas Exports

Nov 02, 2021 at 11:00 | RFE/RL staff

In characteristically blunt fashion, Russian President Vladimir Putin had this to say when asked last month if Russia was again using its energy resources as a political weapon:…

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Are Targeting Global Technology Supply Chains

Oct 25, 2021 at 11:26 | RFE/RL staff

Microsoft says the Russia-backed hacking group behind last year’s massive SolarWinds cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies and other institutions continues to target the global technology supply chain.

Endemic Corruption Could Crush Iraq’s New National Oil Company

Oct 05, 2021 at 13:30 | Simon Watkins

The last few days saw the first meeting of the new iteration of the Iraq National Oil Company (INOC), with the agenda being ‘the five-year plan for the…

China Is Desperate To Secure Latin American Oil And Coal

Oct 05, 2021 at 12:39 | Matthew Smith

Nearly three decades ago the Soviet Union imploded and ceased to exist, leaving the U.S. as the last standing superpower and victor of the Cold War. That, according…

Kazakhstan And Kyrgyzstan Look To Mend Ties With The Taliban

Oct 01, 2021 at 11:29 | RFE/RL staff

It took Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan a little longer than their neighbors to articulate their stances on a Taliban-led government in Afghanistan. Distance has its benefits, and…

Iran Cements Alliance With China, Russia In Clear Message To Washington

Sep 28, 2021 at 15:08 | Simon Watkins

Iran’s approval last week for full membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is the surest sign yet that any U.S. efforts to keep it, or Iraq, or…

Hydrogen Will Play A Key Role In The Gulf’s Energy Transition

Sep 24, 2021 at 13:24 | Oxford Business Group

With hydrocarbon-rich countries in the Gulf increasingly looking to reduce their carbon emissions, some in the region are turning towards multi-coloured hydrogen as a more environmentally sustainable solution.…

The Afghanistan Debacle Was A Major Wake Up Call For NATO

Sep 21, 2021 at 11:51 | Global Risk Insights

Overview of Prior EU Bureaucratic Actions The vestiges of the Trump administration’s “America first” foreign policy have forced Europe to consider more autonomous defense initiatives. The EU lacks…

Saudi Forces Thwart Houthi Attack On Oil City

Sep 17, 2021 at 09:03 | Irina Slav

Saudi Arabia has prevented yet another attack by the Yemeni Houthis, this time in the city of Jazan, which is home to extensive Aramco oil infrastructure. Reuters reported the…

The Battle For Control Of East Mediterranean Energy

Sep 16, 2021 at 10:57 | Vanand Meliksetian

The history of oil and natural gas is marred by instability and conflict. The rise of the Eastern Mediterranean as a prolific energy region has increased existing tensions…

Can China Succeed Where America Failed In Afghanistan?

Sep 09, 2021 at 10:44 | Global Risk Insights

China’s long-standing policy of non-interference is challenged by the cruel geopolitical realities and developments in the country with which it shares its smallest border. The U.S. military withdrawal,…

Libya’s Oil Industry May Be On The Verge Of Another Breakdown

Sep 06, 2021 at 14:12 | Simon Watkins

With its crude oil production already the subject of various ongoing political divisions since the onset of civil war in 2011, another rift has opened up, this time…

Europe Needs Nord Stream 2 More Than It Likes To Admit

Sep 06, 2021 at 14:10 | Irina Slav

When construction began on the second Nord Stream pipeline that was going to double the volume of natural gas ships to Europe—most of it to Germany—the European Union…

Aramco On Lockdown After Houthi Missile Attack

Sep 06, 2021 at 09:24 | Charles Kennedy

Saudi Arabia had intercepted a ballistic missile attack on facilities owned by state oil major Aramco in the Eastern Region, Reuters has reported, citing the Saudi defense ministry. Earlier

Iran Eyes Further 1 Million Bpd Output Boost From Huge Oilfields

Aug 31, 2021 at 13:22 | Simon Watkins

Irrespective of how quickly a new iteration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – ‘nuclear deal’ – is signed between Iran and the U.S., plus the…

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