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Geopolitics

A New Civil War Would Decimate Colombia's Oil Industry

Aug 03, 2021 at 16:35 | Matthew Smith

The strife-torn South American nation of Colombia was rocked by anti-government protests which commenced in late April 2021 and lasted for roughly two months.

Iran Ready To Deliver "Crushing" Military Response After Tanker Attack

Aug 02, 2021 at 12:03 | ZeroHedge

Iran on Sunday issued a formal denial that it was behind the major Thursday night drone attack on the Mercer Street oil tanker off Oman that was managed by an Israeli firm…

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…

Biden Faces Major Challenge As China Zeroes In On Iraq

Jul 26, 2021 at 13:10 | Simon Watkins

A series of deals between China and Iraq in the run-up to this week’s visit of Iraq President Mustafa al-Kadhimi to Washington, including the latest involving China’s build-out…

Iran Opens Export Terminal To Bypass World’s Biggest Oil Chokepoint

Jul 22, 2021 at 10:28 | RFE/RL staff

Iran says it has opened its first oil export terminal in the Gulf of Oman to allow Tehran to avoid using the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping route…

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…

Iran Claims Nuclear Deal Draft Is Incompatible With New Iranian Law

Jul 20, 2021 at 10:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The draft agreement between Iran and world powers over the possible restoration of the so-called nuclear deal is incompatible with a recently passed Iranian law, a government spokesman in Tehran…

Biden, Merkel Agree To Disagree On Nord Stream 2

Jul 16, 2021 at 10:14 | Irina Slav

President Biden and Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to disagree on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project of Gazprom during Merkel's visit to Washington. Per a Reuters report, President Biden…

Lebanon On The Brink As Fuel And Electricity Shortages Grip The Country

Jul 09, 2021 at 12:54 | Global Risk Insights

On the last day of the month, armed protesters took to the streets of Tripoli. They were outraged by the power outages and the story

The Real Reason OPEC Talks Broke Down

Jul 07, 2021 at 11:56 | Cyril Widdershoven

Major cracks appear to be forming in the OPEC+ alliance. After several years of unprecedented cooperation between OPEC members and non-OPEC producers, the growing regional economic and power…

Nuclear Talks Teeter On The Brink As Iran Restarts Uranium Enrichment

Jul 07, 2021 at 09:06 | Irina Slav

Iran has begun the production of enriched uranium metal, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said in a statement, prompting the three Western negotiators in the Iran…

What Are The Implications Of Russia’s Renewed Space Ambitions?

Jul 02, 2021 at 14:16 | Global Risk Insights

The ISS was created in 1998 and involved cooperation from Russia, the US, Japan, Canada and those countries that formed the European Space Agency. Since…

UN Urges US To Lift Iran Oil Sanctions Before It’s Too Late

Jul 01, 2021 at 09:26 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The United Nations political affairs chief has called on the United States to either lift or waive the American sanctions against Iran as the Islamic Republic, the U.S., and the…

Iraq Uses Controversial Oil Deal To ‘Secure Funding’ From Washington

Jun 30, 2021 at 11:37 | Simon Watkins

At June’s G7 meeting, U.S. President, Joe Biden, received the backing of the world’s seven largest advanced economies (comprised of the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Canada,…

Can The U.S. And China Compromise On Climate Change?

Jun 30, 2021 at 11:30 | Global Risk Insights

Following a joint statement with China addressing the climate crisis on April 17th, the US submitted a new ‘nationally determined contribution’ (NDC) at the virtual summit led by…

U.S. Warns Gulf Allies: Don't Normalize Relations With Assad

Jun 28, 2021 at 14:50 | ZeroHedge

For the past couple months there's been persisting reports and rumors that Saudi Arabia is preparing to restore diplomatic ties and normalized relations with the Syrian government under Bashar…

Iran Is Increasingly Likely To Accept A New Nuclear Deal

Jun 28, 2021 at 13:40 | Simon Watkins

A number of false assumptions have continued to cloud the coverage of the ongoing re-negotiation between the U.S. and Iran of a new iteration of the Joint Comprehensive…

Why Did Iraq Pull The Plug On Its $2 Billion Oil Deal With China?

Jun 25, 2021 at 12:29 | Felicity Bradstock

Just when it looked like Iraq was becoming a regional leader it decided to halt a $2 billion pre-paid oil supply deal with China's state-owned Zhenhua Oil Co.…

U.S., France Warn Iran Not To Draw Out Nuclear Talks

Jun 25, 2021 at 11:47 | RFE/RL staff

  The United States and France have warned Iran not to draw out nuclear talks, a day after an interim agreement for the UN nuclear watchdog to monitor…

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