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Geopolitics / Africa

Why This is All Libya's Fault

Why This is All Libya's Fault

Jan 18, 2013 at 17:09 | Daniel J. Graeber

A Libyan defense force charged with making sure the nation's oil sector is secured said it was strengthening its lines along the western and southern borders given regional instability. A…

Algeria Hostage Crisis - Look to Mali for Answers

Algeria Hostage Crisis - Look to Mali for Answers

Jan 18, 2013 at 12:05 | Editorial Dept

Incident: Islamic militants generally based in Mali launched an attack on Monday/Tuesday on a BP-operated gas field in the neighboring Algerian Sahara desert. They took over 600 hostages from 10…

Yemen - Oil War to Intensify

Yemen - Oil War to Intensify

Jan 10, 2013 at 13:54 | Editorial Dept

Incident: Just east of the capital Sana’a at least five people have been killed in fighting near an oil pipeline that began the last week of December. Tribes…

China in Africa: Partners in the Year of the Snake

China in Africa: Partners in the Year of the Snake

Dec 31, 2012 at 14:50 | Jen Alic

African exports to China have increased six-fold since 2000 alone, the bulk of it in oil, and this year, China surpassed the US and Europe as Africa’s largest trading partner.…

Russia – The New Player in African Politics

Russia – The New Player in African Politics

Dec 17, 2012 at 17:02 | Post Carbon

In the past, Russian foreign policy was mostly based in the decisions made by the Politburo—and then after by Boris Yeltsin’s foreign policy—the pursuit of an African policy not was…

The Huge Risk-Reward Scenario In East Africa

The Huge Risk-Reward Scenario In East Africa

Nov 27, 2012 at 17:18 | Jen Alic

Welcome to East Africa—home of a potential 28 billion barrels of recoverable oil, 440 trillion cubic feet of gas and 14 billion barrels of natural gas liquids.Recent success…

Why Liberia Has Not Been Able to Break its Resource Curse

Why Liberia Has Not Been Able to Break its Resource Curse

Nov 23, 2012 at 17:12 | Economywatch

Liberia is a nation rich with natural resources including iron ore, gold, diamonds, natural rubber, vast forest for logging and timber harvesting, and vast agriculture land for ensuring food security.…

The Secret War Between China and the US for Africa's Oil Riches

The Secret War Between China and the US for Africa's Oil Riches

Nov 20, 2012 at 17:48 | Chris Mansur

In the struggle to secure energy resources, the great powers consider all states to be fair game. Indeed, this is precisely what characterizes American foreign policy in the modern era.…

Madagascar: The Hottest Energy Play in East Africa

Madagascar: The Hottest Energy Play in East Africa

Nov 09, 2012 at 16:05 | Editorial Dept

Madagascar’s been sitting on some 20 billion barrels in oil reserves for quite a while. Investors have only recently shown interest, though. Extraction is technologically challenging, and no one was…

Desperate South Sudan Carves up Total Concession

Desperate South Sudan Carves up Total Concession

Nov 08, 2012 at 17:26 | Jen Alic

Newly independent, oil-rich South Sudan holds some 75% of Sudan’s total oil resources, but it may be too early to risk things here. Ask Total (NYSE: TOT). The government just…

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