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Geopolitics / International

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…

Why Russia And Ukraine Are Still Making Billion-Dollar Energy Deals

Feb 13, 2020 at 13:15 | Eurasianet

The story of Russia turning off the gas to punish Ukraine for some perceived indignity will be familiar to most Eurasianet readers. Somewhat less known is the story of…

Superpowers Face Off For Space Supremacy

Feb 07, 2020 at 16:40 | ZeroHedge

One year ago in January, a Chinese robot landed on the dark side of the moon. Since then, the Chang’e 4 probe and the Yutu-2 rover it carried onboard have been…

Oil Major Earnings Disappoint

Jan 31, 2020 at 11:11 | Editorial Dept

Market Movers The biggest thing moving the market this week continues to be the China-originating coronavirus as flight cancellations pick up momentum, cutting down massively on jet fuel demand, while…

U.S. Deals Major Blow To Iranian Investors

Jan 27, 2020 at 10:47 | Safehaven.com

Washington’s move to ban Iranians from U.S. trade and investment visas has generated plenty of headlines, but the move is largely meaningless and…

Civil Unrest Threatens Miners Across The Globe

Jan 17, 2020 at 16:03 | MINING.com

Global miners will have to get ready to deal with the increasing threat from civil unrest, following last year’s succession of dramatic — and in several cases unforeseen — social…

The New Energy Superpower In The Middle East

Jan 17, 2020 at 15:55 | Vanand Meliksetian

Russia under President Putin has regained some of the global importance that it lost after the breakup of the Soviet Union. During the Cold War, Moscow had a significant presence…

Why Oil Markets Don't Have To Worry About World War 3

Jan 08, 2020 at 17:14 | Editorial Dept

In a series of moves, Trump has successfully distracted public attention from his impeachment. With some targeted strikes on Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria and the intentionally spectacular public assassination…

Russia Halts Oil Supply To Key European Transit Hub

Jan 03, 2020 at 14:18 | RFE/RL staff

Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus amid a disagreement over tariffs, according to officials at a Belarusian oil refinery in the northern city of Navapolatsak.The officials told…

The Fear Premium Is Back In Oil

Jan 03, 2020 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Without the fear premium, oil doesn’t have much else to boost it for 2020. And right now, that fear premium has produced a sudden $3 surge in oil prices following…

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