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Geopolitics / International

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…

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:…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

Could Venezuela Become Latin America’s Afghanistan?

Aug 25, 2021 at 11:43 | Matthew Smith

The Biden administration, along with U.S. intelligence and military agencies, was stunned by the gains made by the Taliban which saw them seize the Afghan capital Kabul and…

Middle East Security Concerns Could Threaten The Global Economy

Aug 25, 2021 at 11:40 | RFE/RL staff

There was recently an attack on the Mercer Street vessel belonging to an Israeli billionaire, with Iran being blamed for the incident. These kinds of attacks have been…

The U.S. Isn’t Done With Its Fight Against Nord Stream 2 Just Yet

Aug 23, 2021 at 10:18 | ZeroHedge

On Friday, the Biden administration announced new sanctions against one Russian ship and two Russian individuals involved in the Nord Stream 2 natural…

Iran’s Huge Caspian Gas Find Is A Geopolitical Gamechanger

Aug 19, 2021 at 10:33 | Simon Watkins

Iran last week revealed a huge new gas deposit located in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea. The ‘Chalous’ structure is to be developed with the intention…

Why An Oil Deal Between Kurdistan And Baghdad Is Unlikely

Aug 12, 2021 at 10:57 | Simon Watkins

The recent transfer of IQD200 billion (US$137 million) from the Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad to the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan’s government (KRG) in Erbil raised…

A Major Rift Remains Within OPEC

Aug 11, 2021 at 10:21 | Vanand Meliksetian

Conflicts and major disagreements within OPEC usually go unnoticed as member states use consultation and decision-making mechanisms that prevent a public mess. The UAE’s recent decision to do…

Will Extensive Vaccination Programs Help GCC Nations Return To Normal?

Aug 06, 2021 at 13:11 | Oxford Business Group

With schools, businesses and borders re-opening across much of the region, several GCC countries are beginning to resume pre-pandemic levels of activity. Does this mark the start of…

Russia’s Mediterranean Pivot Will Come At A Cost

Jul 30, 2021 at 15:29 | Vanand Meliksetian

The overwhelming majority of Russia’s population lives in the western regions near the border with Europe and the Black Sea. Cultural and economic ties with Mediterranean countries have…

The Case For Washington To Remove Sanctions On Venezuela

Jul 27, 2021 at 14:05 | Matthew Smith

By the 1990s, founding OPEC member Venezuela had become a true petroleum power pumping over two million barrels of crude oil per day. This saw the Latin American…

U.S. Threatens Iran With New Sanctions If A Nuclear Deal Is Not Reached

Jul 21, 2021 at 09:43 | Felicity Bradstock

After six months of President Biden in office, and repeatedly dashed hopes at a nuclear deal with Iran, failing to come to an agreement means instead of lifting…

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