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Geopolitics / Africa

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…

Kenya’s Uncertain Security Environment

Nov 22, 2013 at 17:08 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The security situation in Kenya is set to worsen in the aftermath of the September attack on a shopping center as anti-terror police overstep their bounds and threaten…

Egypt Attracts $8 billion to its Energy Sector

Nov 08, 2013 at 17:30 | John Daly

The final results of the Arab Spring’s impact on Egypt after more than two years of political turmoil remain to be seen, but Egypt’s Oil and Mineral Resources Minister…

Algeria’s on the Rise, but so are the Threats

Nov 08, 2013 at 17:05 | Editorial Dept

The importance of security in Algeria should not be underestimated. This is a country that plays an extremely crucial role in the global oil and gas market, with some 160…

Libya: Benghazi Burns as Clashes Intensify in Tripoli

Nov 08, 2013 at 16:58 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Benghazi is heading toward a conflict climax, while myriad clashes in Tripoli are of a less cohesive nature, they are still indicative of the government’s inability to handle…

Situation in Mali Worsens with 2 More Kidnapping-Executions

Nov 08, 2013 at 16:54 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: We are back to the drawing board in Mali, and oil exploration in the north should be dismissed out of hand.Analysis: Two French journalists were kidnapped…

Mali Back in Conflict Mode

Nov 01, 2013 at 17:12 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The French have relaunched offensives in Mali marking the end of a brief patch of peace following elections and the premature issuing of new oil exploration licenses in…

Tourist Resort Bombing Pressures Tunisia’s National Dialogue

Nov 01, 2013 at 17:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Pressure on the pace of national dialogue talks for a new caretaker government in Tunisia, for the resignation of the Ennahda-led government will reach a climax with a…

Marathon Rethinks Libya Exit

Oct 29, 2013 at 18:13 | Joao Peixe

Amid the rising security chaos of Libya, Texas-based oil company Marathon Oil’s rumored plans to pull out of the country have been suspended for reasons that remain unclear.

North African Downfall Spells Success for Morocco

Oct 28, 2013 at 18:19 | Daniel J. Graeber

Libyan efforts to get its oil sector back to pre-war levels were stymied last weekend when protests disrupted operations in the west of the country. Work was halted at the…

Clashes Along Oil-Rich Kenyan-Uganda Border

Oct 25, 2013 at 15:58 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Tribal clashes along the Kenya-Uganda border, in Kenya’s oil-rich Turkana region bode ill for pipeline plans as Kenya moves to get its new crude to market and to…

Markets Uncertain as Egypt Violence Waxes and Wanes

Oct 18, 2013 at 14:17 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Investors are pulling out but the Egypt stock exchange is at its highest since the ouster of Mubarak in 2011, as protests and violent clashes continue sporadically and…

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…

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…

The Big Winners in Kenya’s Oil Debut

Oct 17, 2013 at 17:09 | Simon Harlow

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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