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Geopolitics

Latin American Oil Giants Struggle With Fuel Costs, Debt, And Pipeline Explosion

Jan 14, 2022 at 11:56 | Latin America Energy Advisor

Petrobras Raises Fuel Prices for Consumers Brazilian motorists are soon likely to pay more at the pump after the country’s state-run oil company, Petrobras, raised gasoline and diesel…

The EU Is Scrambling To Deescalate Conflict In Ukraine

Jan 07, 2022 at 12:21 | RFE/RL staff

The European Commission chief and the EU's new French leadership have stressed the need for European involvement as Russia and the West continue to square off diplomatically over…

Latin America’s Populist Wave Is Weighing On Oil Producers

Jan 04, 2022 at 12:28 | Matthew Smith

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, populist leftism is again sweeping across Latin America. In August 2021 former school teacher and leftwing politician Pedro Castillo won Peru’s…

Iran Nuclear Talks Could Be Headed For Another Breakdown

Jan 03, 2022 at 02:53 | Cyril Widdershoven

The ongoing JCPOA agreement negotiations with Iran are not going as smooth as some media seem to suggest. In stark remarks, several European and U.S. diplomats have stated that the…

UAE Looks To Boost Gas Production Capacity With Sharjah Plans

Dec 28, 2021 at 09:03 | Simon Watkins

A cornerstone of the U.S.’s strategy to counter the growing influence of China and Russia across the Middle East via Iran remains the relationship normalisation…

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…

Emerging Markets Look Towards A Life After COVID-19

Dec 14, 2021 at 10:04 | Oxford Business Group

Following on from a year in which supply chains and international travel were severely disrupted, 2021 saw an increase in global cooperation, as institutions, businesses and governments alike…

U.S. Could Take Additional Measures Against Iran If Nuclear Diplomacy Fails

Dec 10, 2021 at 09:26 | RFE/RL staff

As Tehran and world powers seeking to revive the moribund 2015 nuclear deal resumed talks in Vienna, the United States warned that it would take "additional measures" to…

America's 'Maximum Pressure' Policy On Venezuela Has Failed

Dec 08, 2021 at 13:58 | Matthew Smith

Two decades of malfeasance and corruption coupled with sharply weaker crude oil prices and ever stricter U.S. sanctions have precipitated the worst modern economic collapse outside of war…

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…

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