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Geopolitics

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…

Does Saudi Arabia Really Fear A Bernie Presidency?

Mar 05, 2020 at 16:47 | Julianne Geiger

Democrat presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders raised eyebrows on the campaign trail when he referred to Saudi Arabia’s leadership as “murderous thugs”, raising the question of just how concerned the…

Coronavirus Hurts Middle East Economies Beyond Oil

Mar 04, 2020 at 15:26 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The Middle East oil exporters are grappling with depressed demand in their key market, China, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The economies of the Arab Gulf countries are feeling the…

This Country Is A Safehaven In An Unstable Middle East

Feb 27, 2020 at 15:18 | Simon Watkins

With a fiscal breakeven oil price of just over US$87 per barrel (pb) of Brent this year, around 85 per cent of its revenues still coming from the hydrocarbons sector,…

What Iran’s Election Result Means For Oil Markets

Feb 24, 2020 at 10:53 | Simon Watkins

Ever since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed in principle in 2015 by Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, and China plus…

Russia Is Defeating The U.S. In The Middle East Oil Game

Feb 18, 2020 at 17:34 | Simon Watkins

Historically, Russia goes to great lengths to hide or disguise its strategic intentions but it clearly feels empowered enough in the Middle East to very obviously stake its claim in…

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…

U.S. Set To Extend Iraq Waiver For Energy Imports From Iran

Feb 10, 2020 at 13:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The United States is inclined to extend the waiver to Iraq to continue importing electricity and natural gas to Iran, which are vital to Iraq’s energy needs, three senior Iraqi…

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