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Africa Becomes a Focal Point in Russia's Global Strategy

Dec 29, 2023 at 07:46 | RFE/RL staff

When Wagner mercenary force founder Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed in a fiery plane crash in August, exactly two months after leading a rebellion that challenged President Vladimir Putin’s…

Iraq’s New Oil Law Highlights The West’s Fading Middle East Influence

Nov 06, 2023 at 08:27 | Simon Watkins

Rather like the man falling from the 20th floor of an office block saying ‘So far, so good’ when asked how he is doing, so several Iraq oil…

Turkey Continues To Challenge Sweden’s NATO Membership

Jun 27, 2023 at 08:23 | RFE/RL staff

The saga of Sweden's NATO accession is now likely entering its endgame. Having applied to join the military alliance together with Finland in the wake of Russian's full-scale…

France's New Push To Expand Geopolitical Influence In Africa

May 30, 2023 at 09:29 | The Jamestown Foundation

On March 4, during his trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), French president Emmanuel Macron shared his vision for France, with Paris remaining deeply…

Is There A New Cold War Brewing Between East And West?

Mar 20, 2023 at 11:21 | The Jamestown Foundation

The increasingly ferocious competition between the United States and its allies on the one hand, and China and the “axis of autocratic states” on the other, has taken…

Why Washington Needs A Friendlier Approach To This Major Gas Producer

Nov 11, 2022 at 08:10 | James Durso

In September, a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives called on the U.S. Secretary of State to impose sanctions on the People's Democratic Republic…

NATO Pledges To Step Up Support For Georgia And Bosnia

Jul 01, 2022 at 11:01 | Eurasianet

NATO has pledged to increase its support for Georgia in the wake of Russia’s war against Ukraine. But while the alliance is expanding to include two new members,…

Erdogan Warns Sweden, Finland NATO Bids Could Still Be Blocked

Jul 01, 2022 at 10:44 | ZeroHedge

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that Sweden and Finland could still have their NATO bids blocked by Turkey if…

Are China And Russia Teaming Up To Challenge U.S. Space Dominance?

Apr 29, 2022 at 10:36 | ZeroHedge

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson criticized China for lacking transparency and willingness to cooperate with the US. Beijing has pushed for closer ties with Russia to displace US' global…

U.S. Looks To Ease Tensions With Russia

Dec 24, 2021 at 07:55 | RFE/RL staff

The United States and Russia will likely hold bilateral talks to discuss Moscow's security proposals next month as the Kremlin ramped up is rhetoric by again warning it…

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…

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…

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…

What Would A World Without OPEC Look Like?

Aug 27, 2021 at 10:44 | Irina Slav

A few years ago, as U.S. shale oil production soared towards 11 and then 12 million bpd, turning the country into the world’s largest oil producer, it was…

The Oil Pipeline That Will Expand China's Influence In Africa

May 12, 2021 at 14:51 | Simon Watkins

Central to the expansion of Chinese and Russian influence via Iran into the space in the Middle East vacated by the U.S. since former U.S. President Donald Trump initiated a…

Could The GNA Ever Successfully Control Libya’s Oil?

Aug 19, 2020 at 12:45 | The Jamestown Foundation

Introduction The success of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in forcing the withdrawal of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) from northwestern Libya has led to…

Russia And China Face-Off For Nuclear Dominance In Africa

Jul 01, 2020 at 14:14 | Haley Zaremba

Russian nuclear power is one continent closer to taking over the world. This week the Rwandan parliament approved a plan for the Russian state-owned nuclear conglomerate Rosatom to…

Turkey Headed For An Unexpected Victory Libya's Oil War

May 22, 2020 at 17:09 | Editorial Dept

The GNA’s militias and Turkish forces backed by Syrian refugee-mercenaries in Libya are no match for the combined firepower of General Haftar’s LNA, allied militias, and a host…

Putin Eyes Profit Over Influence In Africa

Feb 07, 2020 at 16:40 | MINING.com

While Russia has been playing for power in Africa in recent years by sending arms, offering mercenaries and cinching mining deals, the foundations of Moscow’s claim to renewed global influence…

China Takes The Lead In This Emerging Energy Frontier

Jan 28, 2020 at 12:00 | Viktor Katona

Several weeks ago, we have looked into a very recent Russian initiative to increase their presence in the southern part of the Gulf of Guinea, encompassing a…

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