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Geopolitics / Africa

Power Struggles In The DRC Are Hampering Energy Potential

Oct 20, 2017 at 16:32 | Richard Talley

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is known for two dueling realities… Below ground, the DRC sits on immense natural resource wealth, including some of the world’s highest-quality copper…

Who Gets Control Of Libya’s Oil As The Guns Go Silent?

Mar 20, 2017 at 10:42 | Irina Slav

The Libyan National Oil Corporation expects to soon regain control over the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil terminals, which were the point of clashes between the Libyan National Army…

Libyan Oil May Be Slipping Out Of Putin’s Reach

Mar 10, 2017 at 13:29 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Last Friday, news broke that the Benghazi Defense Brigades seized control of two major Libyan ports on the “Oil Crescent,” posing a real challenge to Khalifa Haftar and Russia’s grip…

Geopolitical Time Bomb: Chaos In Somaliland Could Trigger Regional Conflict

Mar 01, 2017 at 12:23 | Gregory R. Copley

The broader conflicts around control of the Red Sea and its littorals are being played out in the new aspects of the transformation of the Republic of Somaliland, which dominates…

Nigerian Ex-President Accused of Backing the Niger Delta Avengers

Aug 09, 2016 at 09:32 | Erwin Cifuentes

A Nigerian rebel group splintered from the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) accused ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and nineteen other politicians of supporting separatist attacks in the oil-rich nation. As…

Giant Helium Find May Spell Trouble For Tanzania

Jul 01, 2016 at 18:44 | Global Risk Insights

The discovery of a massive helium deposit in Tanzania this week has excited both scientists and mining experts, yet for all its potential this new cache holds risks…

Nigeria Prepared To Negotiate With Niger Delta Avengers

Jun 07, 2016 at 12:04 | Lincoln Brown

After a string of attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure, its government plans to open talks with the newly formed militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). As the group continues…

Niger Is Key To West Africa’s Future Security

Oct 14, 2014 at 15:11 | Global Risk Insights

Niger is consistently ranked on the UN Human Development Index as one of the poorest countries in the world. Spiraling population growth along with frequent droughts has made it nearly…

Libya May Be Focus Of Major Rift Between US And Regional Allies

Aug 28, 2014 at 17:34 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

It had become clear by late August 2014 that Libya could no longer be seen as a unified state; at best it was in two parts, even with the communal…

Nigerian Company to Sue Total, Samsung

Feb 04, 2014 at 17:08 | Joao Peixe

An indigenous Nigerian oil company is suing major foreign players for allegedly plotting to exclude the local company from a $3.8 billion floating production vessel that was intended to be…

Algeria: The Dynamic Threat

Jan 02, 2014 at 18:25 | Editorial Dept

Algeria is the largest and most powerful nation in the Sahara region, and the third-largest producer of natural gas in the world. Now officials at state-run Sonatrach are saying that…

Africa Energy Advisory

Dec 27, 2013 at 11:50 | Editorial Dept

In this week’s Africa energy advisory we look at some key regulatory changes that will affect oil and gas exploration and production in emerging gas venues Tanzania and Mozambique, and…

South Sudan not Ready for Oil Prime Time

Dec 19, 2013 at 16:08 | Daniel J. Graeber

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir accused his former vice president of launching a coup earlier this week, sending the world's newest nation into political turmoil. Rocked by conflict last year…

Emerging Oil Giant Kenya Gets Major Infrastructure Boost from China

Dec 13, 2013 at 14:00 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Rushing to get some massive infrastructure projects off the ground as oil discoveries move towards commercial production in Kenya, the Chinese launch a landmark multi-country railway project to…

Weak Central African Republic Collapses

Dec 13, 2013 at 13:59 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The situation on the ground in the Central African Republic (CAR) has deteriorated to the extent that we can talk about another failed African state, and the descent…

Libyan Finances Squeezed as Protesters Continue To Plague Oil Industry

Dec 11, 2013 at 17:13 | Rory Johnston

Protests aimed at Libya’s oil sector have cost the country more than $7 billion since they began this past summer, according to statements by Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi on…

Critical New Year for Egypt

Dec 06, 2013 at 15:36 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The completion of Egypt’s constitution and a planned referendum in early January will determine the security situation for 2014, and tensions will be acutely high for the next…

Smart Energy Investors Will Watch Ivorian, Ghanaian Border

Nov 27, 2013 at 17:27 | Daniel J. Graeber

The government in Ivory Coast said it was ready to resolve maritime border disputes with Ghana, a move that could open the door to a West African offshore oil and…

Breathing Life into Egypt’s Dying Energy Sector

Nov 22, 2013 at 17:22 | Editorial Dept

When Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak was taken down in the 2011 revolution, the energy sector went with him. Since then, it has been a long stream of bad news for…

Mozambique Faces Critical Security Threat

Nov 22, 2013 at 17:11 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: After two decades of relative post-civil-war peace, Mozambique is seeing a resurgence of violence and the fact that the country made the largest natural gas discovery in the…

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