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Geopolitics / International

Russia’s Mediterranean Pivot Will Come At A Cost

Jul 30, 2021 at 15:29 | Vanand Meliksetian

The overwhelming majority of Russia’s population lives in the western regions near the border with Europe and the Black Sea. Cultural and economic ties with Mediterranean countries have…

The Case For Washington To Remove Sanctions On Venezuela

Jul 27, 2021 at 14:05 | Matthew Smith

By the 1990s, founding OPEC member Venezuela had become a true petroleum power pumping over two million barrels of crude oil per day. This saw the Latin American…

U.S. Threatens Iran With New Sanctions If A Nuclear Deal Is Not Reached

Jul 21, 2021 at 09:43 | Felicity Bradstock

After six months of President Biden in office, and repeatedly dashed hopes at a nuclear deal with Iran, failing to come to an agreement means instead of lifting…

The Real Reason OPEC Talks Broke Down

Jul 07, 2021 at 11:56 | Cyril Widdershoven

Major cracks appear to be forming in the OPEC+ alliance. After several years of unprecedented cooperation between OPEC members and non-OPEC producers, the growing regional economic and power…

What Are The Implications Of Russia’s Renewed Space Ambitions?

Jul 02, 2021 at 14:16 | Global Risk Insights

The ISS was created in 1998 and involved cooperation from Russia, the US, Japan, Canada and those countries that formed the European Space Agency. Since…

Iraq Uses Controversial Oil Deal To ‘Secure Funding’ From Washington

Jun 30, 2021 at 11:37 | Simon Watkins

At June’s G7 meeting, U.S. President, Joe Biden, received the backing of the world’s seven largest advanced economies (comprised of the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Canada,…

Can The U.S. And China Compromise On Climate Change?

Jun 30, 2021 at 11:30 | Global Risk Insights

Following a joint statement with China addressing the climate crisis on April 17th, the US submitted a new ‘nationally determined contribution’ (NDC) at the virtual summit led by…

Iran Is Increasingly Likely To Accept A New Nuclear Deal

Jun 28, 2021 at 13:40 | Simon Watkins

A number of false assumptions have continued to cloud the coverage of the ongoing re-negotiation between the U.S. and Iran of a new iteration of the Joint Comprehensive…

Why Did Iraq Pull The Plug On Its $2 Billion Oil Deal With China?

Jun 25, 2021 at 12:29 | Felicity Bradstock

Just when it looked like Iraq was becoming a regional leader it decided to halt a $2 billion pre-paid oil supply deal with China's state-owned Zhenhua Oil Co.…

U.S., France Warn Iran Not To Draw Out Nuclear Talks

Jun 25, 2021 at 11:47 | RFE/RL staff

  The United States and France have warned Iran not to draw out nuclear talks, a day after an interim agreement for the UN nuclear watchdog to monitor…

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…

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