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Geopolitics / International

Clean Power Push Set To Upend The Geopolitics Of Energy

May 25, 2021 at 15:46 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The global push for clean power generation and increased electrification in transportation is creating a new world order in energy where new winners and losers may emerge. If the world…

Fighting Continues In Yemen Amid Secret Ceasefire Talks

Apr 23, 2021 at 10:53 | Editorial Dept

Geopolitics Fighting continues to intensify around Yemen’s Marib province, the Saudi-backed Yemeni government’s last remaining stronghold. The Saudi-proposed ceasefire is still not being accepted by the Iranian-backed Houthis, though secret…

Why A New Nuclear Deal With Iran Looks Unlikely

Feb 05, 2021 at 13:49 | Simon Watkins

A key complicating factor in the ‘if and when’ conjecture over the U.S. and Iran re-opening talks on the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in light of the new…

Iran Boasts Oil Production Increase

Feb 05, 2021 at 11:27 | Editorial Dept

Geopolitics, Politics & Conflict -Iran is claiming that it is already increasing its oil production, and will have reached pre-sanctions levels within a month or two. Iran is also claiming…

U.S. Energy Independence Is Fueling Iran’s Middle East Power Grab

Dec 31, 2020 at 11:29 | Haley Zaremba

The global economy, international geopolitics, and intra-national security have hinged upon oil production capacity and petrol markets so thoroughly that it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always…

U.S. Relations With Russia Could Crumble Under Biden

Dec 23, 2020 at 11:42 | RFE/RL staff

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has accused the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden of "Russophobia” and says he expects relations with the United States to go…

U.S.-Seized Iranian Fuel Cargoes Stuck In Legal Limbo

Sep 25, 2020 at 12:39 | Charles Kennedy

The cargoes of Iranian gasoline that the United States seized more than a month ago continue to idle off the U.S. Gulf Coast amid a court battle over…

Iraq Could Seek An Exemption From OPEC+ Output Cuts

Sep 11, 2020 at 10:19 | Irina Slav

Iraq is debating whether to ask to be exempted from the oil production cuts OPEC+ agreed on this April. Initially set at 9.7 million bpd, the cuts have now been…

Oil Piracy Has Spiked During COVID Pandemic

Aug 18, 2020 at 16:53 | Alex Kimani

The year 2019 marked a crucial milestone in the fight against global maritime piracy. According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), global pirate attacks plunged to a 25-year low, with…

COVID-19 Is Causing The GCC To Crumble

Aug 07, 2020 at 13:43 | Global Risk Insights

May 25 marked the 39th anniversary of the founding of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Across the Gulf, the occasion was welcomed as an opportunity to reflect on…

Is The OPEC+ Alliance Coming To An End?

Aug 07, 2020 at 13:42 | Haley Zaremba

It’s been a wild and bumpy ride for OPEC+ this year. The consortium, consisting of the traditional members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries plus oil…

Saudi Arabia Is Bullying OPEC Members Into Compliance

Jul 03, 2020 at 16:40 | Irina Slav

First, they said it nicely: play along and cut to your quotas, or we’ll all suffer low oil prices for longer. Then they put their foot down: start…

New U.S. Sanctions Unlikely To Derail Nord Stream 2

Jun 12, 2020 at 15:34 | Viktor Katona

It is difficult to surprise anyone in today’s world with another set of sanction-slapping. A bipartisan group of US senators has expressed its intent to put another spoke…

Turkey’s Dangerous Energy Play Is Putting The Entire Region At Risk

May 29, 2020 at 17:13 | Vanand Meliksetian

In the world of energy geopolitics and economics are closely linked to each other. The exploitation of oil and gas reserves is a major source of income for…

Is The U.S. Prepared For War With China?

May 25, 2020 at 16:58 | Gregory R. Copley

Mid-2020 saw the world at war, actual strategic war as far as the Forbidden Palace in Beijing was concerned. This was almost disbelievingly acknowledged by some…

Europe’s Last Dictatorship On Collision Course With Russia

May 22, 2020 at 16:48 | Viktor Katona

As much as Russia’s dealings with its neighbors are predominantly perceived as an exercise in brandishing the good old “energy weapon”, Moscow has been having a hard time…

Oil Crisis Challenges Putin’s Power

Apr 17, 2020 at 16:54 | Yale Global

Russian President Vladimir Putin refuses to yield under pressure. That is a matter of pride for Putin himself and a key aspect of his appeal to Russian elites…

Has Russia Reached Its Limit In The Oil Price War?

Apr 03, 2020 at 12:42 | RFE/RL staff

When Vladimir Putin was given a dire forecast of the economy under the cloud of a crippling coronavirus pandemic and a sharp fall in global demand for petroleum,…

U.S. Targets 20 Iranian Companies In Fresh Round Of Sanctions

Mar 27, 2020 at 15:21 | RFE/RL staff

The United States says it has imposed sanctions against 20 companies based in Iran and Iraq, along with officials and other individuals there who are accused of supporting…

The Great Saudi Shale Swindle

Mar 06, 2020 at 16:50 | Simon Watkins

Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas giant, Aramco, has been given the go-ahead to launch the Jafurah shale gas field project, which will be the biggest shale gas development outside the…

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