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Geopolitics

Islamic State Attacks Iraqi Oil Field

Aug 16, 2021 at 07:34 | Irina Slav

An attack with an explosive device on an oil field in the northern Iraqi region of Kirkuk was blamed on Islamic State militants, according to an unnamed source who

Colombia’s Oil Industry Faces Major Uncertainty

Aug 13, 2021 at 11:36 | Matthew Smith

Post-FARC peace treaty violence is at an all-time high with 2021 on track to be the most violent year in Colombia in a decade. Massacres and violent crimes,…

Why An Oil Deal Between Kurdistan And Baghdad Is Unlikely

Aug 12, 2021 at 10:57 | Simon Watkins

The recent transfer of IQD200 billion (US$137 million) from the Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad to the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan’s government (KRG) in Erbil raised…

A Major Rift Remains Within OPEC

Aug 11, 2021 at 10:21 | Vanand Meliksetian

Conflicts and major disagreements within OPEC usually go unnoticed as member states use consultation and decision-making mechanisms that prevent a public mess. The UAE’s recent decision to do…

France Pressures Iran To Rejoin The Nuclear Deal

Aug 09, 2021 at 12:05 | RFE/RL staff

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Iran to resume talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers but Iran's new hard-line president, Ebrahim Raisi, says that…

Will Extensive Vaccination Programs Help GCC Nations Return To Normal?

Aug 06, 2021 at 13:11 | Oxford Business Group

With schools, businesses and borders re-opening across much of the region, several GCC countries are beginning to resume pre-pandemic levels of activity. Does this mark the start of…

A New Civil War Would Decimate Colombia's Oil Industry

Aug 03, 2021 at 16:35 | Matthew Smith

The strife-torn South American nation of Colombia was rocked by anti-government protests which commenced in late April 2021 and lasted for roughly two months.

Iran Ready To Deliver "Crushing" Military Response After Tanker Attack

Aug 02, 2021 at 12:03 | ZeroHedge

Iran on Sunday issued a formal denial that it was behind the major Thursday night drone attack on the Mercer Street oil tanker off Oman that was managed by an Israeli firm…

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…

Biden Faces Major Challenge As China Zeroes In On Iraq

Jul 26, 2021 at 13:10 | Simon Watkins

A series of deals between China and Iraq in the run-up to this week’s visit of Iraq President Mustafa al-Kadhimi to Washington, including the latest involving China’s build-out…

Iran Opens Export Terminal To Bypass World’s Biggest Oil Chokepoint

Jul 22, 2021 at 10:28 | RFE/RL staff

Iran says it has opened its first oil export terminal in the Gulf of Oman to allow Tehran to avoid using the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping route…

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…

Iran Claims Nuclear Deal Draft Is Incompatible With New Iranian Law

Jul 20, 2021 at 10:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The draft agreement between Iran and world powers over the possible restoration of the so-called nuclear deal is incompatible with a recently passed Iranian law, a government spokesman in Tehran…

Biden, Merkel Agree To Disagree On Nord Stream 2

Jul 16, 2021 at 10:14 | Irina Slav

President Biden and Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to disagree on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project of Gazprom during Merkel's visit to Washington. Per a Reuters report, President Biden…

Lebanon On The Brink As Fuel And Electricity Shortages Grip The Country

Jul 09, 2021 at 12:54 | Global Risk Insights

On the last day of the month, armed protesters took to the streets of Tripoli. They were outraged by the power outages and the story

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…

Nuclear Talks Teeter On The Brink As Iran Restarts Uranium Enrichment

Jul 07, 2021 at 09:06 | Irina Slav

Iran has begun the production of enriched uranium metal, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said in a statement, prompting the three Western negotiators in the Iran…

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…

UN Urges US To Lift Iran Oil Sanctions Before It’s Too Late

Jul 01, 2021 at 09:26 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The United Nations political affairs chief has called on the United States to either lift or waive the American sanctions against Iran as the Islamic Republic, the U.S., and the…

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