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New Iran Sanctions Could Send Oil Prices Higher

Oct 11, 2017 at 17:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Oil prices are bound to remain low over the next couple of years, but two potential events could send them either higher than today’s levels or sinking into the $30s—new…

Is Iraq On The Brink Of Civil War?

Oct 11, 2017 at 15:49 | Tsvetana Paraskova

For much of the past month, the Kurdistan referendum on independence and its possible implications for the region have dominated news headlines from the Middle East. The fate of Kurdistan-controlled…

Saudis Lose Market Share To OPEC Rivals

Oct 10, 2017 at 09:47 | Irina Slav

Iraq and Iran increased their crude oil shipments abroad last month, taking advantage of lower Saudi exports to key destinations to expand their international market share. Data from Bloomberg…

Oil Giants At Odds As Saudi, Russian Ties Improve

Oct 09, 2017 at 16:02 | Nicholas Trickett

Oil Royalties Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud visited Moscow last Wednesday, the first such visit by a Saudi monarch since the Soviet Union collapsed. Two topics dominated…

Renewed Sanctions On Iran Could Disrupt Oil Exports

Oct 09, 2017 at 12:22 | ZeroHedge

President Trump is poised to announce over the coming days, that the landmark Iran nuclear agreement is no longer in the national interest of the United States. While the so-called…

Higher Oil Prices Could Threaten Saudi Vision 2030

Oct 06, 2017 at 16:31 | Irina Slav

Saudi’s headlines keep rolling in. Saudi Arabia is deepening its ties with Russia, with billions of investments planned for the future. Saudi Arabia is going to allow women to drive.…

Rosneft Looks To Expand Its South American Portfolio

Oct 06, 2017 at 16:23 | The Jamestown Foundation

Despite the multiplicity of major and urgent international crises around the globe, Russia still finds time to invest its political resources in Venezuela’s long-running collapse. Indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin…

Is This The Geopolitical Shift Of The Century?

Oct 06, 2017 at 16:21 | Cyril Widdershoven

The geopolitical reality in the Middle East is changing dramatically. The impact of the Arab Spring, the retraction of the U.S. military, and diminishing economic influence on the Arab world—as…

Venezuela And Russia Team Up To Tackle The Petrodollar

Oct 05, 2017 at 16:31 | ZeroHedge

Three weeks after the U.S. imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to cripple its economy and choke the Maduro regime, which in turn prompted Caracas to announce it would…

Why Russia Is Playing All Sides In The Middle East

Oct 05, 2017 at 13:56 | ZeroHedge

With the Trump administration lately focused mostly on domestic policy - even as Mueller's ongoing Russian probe continues to hang over Trump's head – U.S. power and influence in the…

Iran, Iraq, And Turkey Unite To Block Kurdish Oil Exports

Oct 05, 2017 at 13:45 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Iraq, Iran, and Turkey are taking a unified stance against Kurdistan’s oil sector after the region elected to seek independence from Baghdad in a referendum in September, according to a…

Russia, China To Benefit From U.S. Sanctions On Venezuela

Oct 02, 2017 at 14:08 | Kent Moors

The White House recently slapped new sanctions on Venezuelan officials, banning them from entering the U.S. That follows past, more general sanctions… As well as rumors that, if true, could…

Bitcoin Becomes Part Of North Korea’s Geopolitical Arsenal

Sep 29, 2017 at 16:57 | Michael Kern

Fresh off the news of North Korea claiming that the United States has declared war due to U.S. President Trump’s military positioning and contentious rhetoric, a September 11 report from FireEye…

Oil Analysts Baffled As Venezuela Ditches Petrodollar

Sep 27, 2017 at 14:56 | Tsvetana Paraskova

At the end of August, the U.S. stepped up sanctions on Venezuela, prohibiting dealings in new debt or equity issued by state oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA)…

Kurdish Vote Won’t Spark A Sustained Oil Price Rally

Sep 26, 2017 at 16:54 | Nick Cunningham

Turkey and Iraq have stepped up the pressure on Kurdistan after the semi-autonomous region of Iraq voted for independence. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to block Kurdish oil…

Undeterred By Trump’s Rhetoric, Iran Boosts Crude Exports

Sep 26, 2017 at 09:52 | Irina Slav

OPEC’s no.3 producer Iran will continue to export oil and aim to boost its global crude sales, as it is “not worried” that growing tensions with the U.S. over the…

What Happens If Trump Trashes The Iran Nuclear Deal?

Sep 25, 2017 at 16:11 | Nick Cunningham

U.S. President Donald Trump trashed the Iran nuclear deal at the UN last week, sparking speculation about whether he intends to pull the U.S. out of the deal before a…

Russia And Saudi Arabia Are Becoming Unlikely Allies

Sep 25, 2017 at 16:03 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Five years ago, the idea of OPEC and Russia working together on any oil and gas issue would have seemed absurd to any energy analyst worth his or her salt.…

Trouble Is Brewing In Kurdistan

Sep 20, 2017 at 14:49 | Cyril Widdershoven

The September 25 Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region is seen by Kurdish supporters as a major step forward to fulfilling its dream: an independent Kurdish state. The dream,…

Will The White House Prevent Rosneft From Buying Citgo?

Sep 20, 2017 at 12:49 | Irina Slav

Senators have pressed the Trump Administration to review the chances of Russia’s Rosneft acquiring Venezuela’s PDVSA and its U.S. business, Citgo. Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez believe a change in…

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