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Geopolitics / Africa

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…

The Decisive Battle For Libya’s Oil Has Begun

Dec 13, 2019 at 09:49 | Irina Slav

General Khalifa Haftar has announced “the decisive battle and the advance on the heart of Tripoli,” after eight months of trying to take over the seat of the UN-recognized…

The Battle For Libya’s Oil Is Heating Up

Nov 29, 2019 at 10:21 | Julianne Geiger

The past two days have seen forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) seize and then lose a key oilfield in the south, suggesting that General Khalifa Haftar’s…

Washington’s Libya Pivot Could Be A Game-Changer

Nov 25, 2019 at 16:02 | ZeroHedge

Starting last April President Trump caught many in his own administration off guard when he unexpectedly thanked renegade General Khalifa Haftar for "securing Libya's oil resources" at a moment the rebel…

Oil, Arms And Politics: How Putin Took Control Of The Middle East

Nov 01, 2019 at 18:57 | Yale Global

US President Donald Trump’s showboating on the dramatic assassination of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi cannot mask the more enduring result of his capricious decisions during October’s turmoil in…

Oil Glut Could Worsen As Libya’s Civil War Ends

Jul 22, 2019 at 17:09 | Cyril Widdershoven

While the Persian Gulf crisis continues to escalate, oil markets have put Libya’s ongoing civil war on the backburner. This weekend, the shutdown of OPEC producer Libya’s…

Why Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Keeps The Aramco IPO Alive

Jul 19, 2019 at 17:48 | Cyril Widdershoven

The Aramco IPO story seems more and more to be a line from the world famous story of “Scheherazade and 1001 nights”. As the famous princess needed to tell stories…

Is This A Turning Point In Libya’s Civil War?

Jul 03, 2019 at 16:12 | Nick Cunningham

Libya’s civil war has taken a catastrophic turn, plunging the country even deeper into crisis. An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants on the outskirts of Tripoli, killing at…

API: Trade War Already Hurts U.S. Energy Exports

Jun 28, 2019 at 16:49 | Haley Zaremba

Donald Trump has threatened to continue escalating the United States’ trade war with China by introducing another round of tariffs on exports from the world’s second-largest economy. This time the…

One Huge Supply Risk Oil Market Shouldn’t Be Ignoring

May 29, 2019 at 12:47 | Tsvetana Paraskova

While the oil market is fixated on the U.S.-China trade war for signs of demand, and on Iran, Venezuela, and the Middle East for signs of more supply disruptions, investors…

The Biggest Catalyst In Oil Markets Is Going Unnoticed

May 08, 2019 at 16:42 | Nick Cunningham

Oil prices have fallen sharply on fears of a global economic slowdown, but the markets are overlooking the possibility of a serious outage in Libya as civil war drags on.…

President Of African Oil Producer Sudan Toppled In Military Coup

Apr 11, 2019 at 10:49 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Omar al-Bashir, long-term President of Sudan, was toppled from power by the military on Thursday and placed under “heavy guard”, following months of protests against the government and its…

Big Oil Faces Multibillion Dollar Fallout From Algeria Crisis

Apr 09, 2019 at 12:49 | Irina Slav

The oil patch is reeling from a political crisis in Algeria that first saw Exxon halt its prospective shale ambitions in the country, and has now spread to major trading…

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