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Did Saudi Arabia Play Trump?

Did Saudi Arabia Play Trump?

With a lavish welcome, Saudis…

Geopolitics / Africa

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Mali Peace over Before It Begins

Oct 18, 2013 at 14:14 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Oil exploration deals signed by interim and the new government of Mali for operations in the restive north won’t make it far with a relaunch of radical Islamist…

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French Areva in (More) Trouble in Niger

Oct 18, 2013 at 14:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Following on the recent announcement by the authorities in Niger that Areva will have to undergo a state audit, thousands of local residents take to the streets to…

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The Big Winners in Kenya’s Oil Debut

Oct 17, 2013 at 17:09 | James Stafford

Kenya will start pumping its first commercial oil next year and begin exporting in 2016, but this is just the opening salvo: new discoveries in recent months and fast-track new…

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Libyan Oil Production Struggles to Restart

Oct 17, 2013 at 17:05 | Global Risk Insights

Nearly a month after oilfield strikes cut Libya’s production to just 10% of capacity, the Zintan tribal militia has re-opened a critical pipeline, carrying oil from two major western…

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China Hopes to Dominate Africa by Boosting Trade Via Indian Ocean

Oct 15, 2013 at 16:50 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

People’s Republic of China (PRC) officials are becoming increasingly apprehensive about the rise in the use of the westward corridor to export oil, diamonds, and rare minerals out of South…

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Don’t Be Fooled by Libya—This is a Failed State

Oct 10, 2013 at 09:08 | James Stafford

Gunmen today seized Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a hotel in central Tripoli, releasing him shortly afterwards, but making it clear that post-Gaddafi Libya is a failed state and…

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Oil Seen as a Bridge to Peace between Sudan and South Sudan

Oct 09, 2013 at 17:23 | Geopolitical Monitor

Amidst the difficulties inherent to any transition of sovereignty involving the relinquishing of economically relevant territory, the leaders of the Republic of Sudan are showing investors and the international community…

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Tunisia’s Islamist to Step Down as Crisis Narrowly Averted

Oct 04, 2013 at 16:53 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Tunisia’s ruling Ennahda party has agreed to hand over power to an independent transitional technocratic leadership after three weeks of talks with the secular opposition, in a crisis-breaking…

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Is New York the Last Chance for a Deal between the US and Iran?

Oct 01, 2013 at 18:58 | Geopolitical Monitor

For those of us tracing the arc of the Obama presidency, one can’t help but get the feeling things are about to come full circle in terms of Iran. Recall…

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Kenyan Security: Paying for Somalia

Sep 27, 2013 at 20:14 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Somalia-based al-Shabaab radical Islamist group has claimed responsibility for the 21 September attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall. This indicates a further weakening of the group in Somalia and…

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