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Geopolitics

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…

Iran Seizes Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

Aug 13, 2020 at 09:00 | Charles Kennedy

Iran reportedly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and then let it go, the AP has reported, quoting a U.S. military official. According to the…

Turkey Doubles Down On Drilling In Heavily Contested East-Mediterranean

Aug 11, 2020 at 12:10 | Vanand Meliksetian

When Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) took power at the beginning of the century, the principle that got hold of the country’s foreign policy was called ‘zero…

Defiant Erdogan Says Turkey Has Resumed Mediterranean Gas Exploration & Drilling

Aug 10, 2020 at 13:47 | ZeroHedge

While over a week ago it was looking as if Turkey might back down on its ambitious oil and gas exploration aims in the eastern Mediterranean amidst global pressure, especially…

Taiwan Detains Chinese Oil Tanker

Aug 10, 2020 at 10:01 | Charles Kennedy

Taiwan has detained a Chinese tanker for allegedly illegal entry into its territorial waters, Taiwanese media report, adding that the six-member crew has been arrested. Taiwan has stepped up…

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…

Why We Won’t See An Oil War In The South China Sea

Aug 05, 2020 at 17:48 | Haley Zaremba

Barrels of ink have been spilled covering the geopolitical conflicts in the South China Sea over the past few years, with plenty of…

Is Turkey Drilling For Oil & Gas In The Wrong Sea?

Jul 31, 2020 at 18:01 | Viktor Katona

Whilst most of European media have narrowed down the deterioration in EU-Turkey relations to the issues of the “refurbished” Hagia Sophia and the protracted Libyan proxy war, their…

Why The Iran-China Oil Alliance Is So Important

Jul 30, 2020 at 13:53 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The steady rise in U.S. strategic competition with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over trade and the South China Sea already has so many dimensions…

Could Rising US-China Tensions Change Global Energy Markets?

Jul 29, 2020 at 14:31 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The widening rift between the world’s two largest economies – the United States and China – has had analysts and market observers using the phrase ‘Cold War’ to…

Perfect Timing? China Announces Hydropower Megaprojects In Pakistan

Jul 27, 2020 at 12:58 | Vanand Meliksetian

Few global projects receive the same amount of praise and criticism as China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) does. Regardless of one’s opinion, the BRI is President Xi’s…

The Forgotten Conflict That Is Threatening Energy Markets

Jul 17, 2020 at 17:34 | Cyril Widdershoven

One of the world’s forgotten conflicts is now making headlines again. In the last week, the military conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has reignited, with the two nations…

America’s “Caesar” sanctions On Syria Will Damage The Middle East

Jul 10, 2020 at 16:48 | James Durso

In 2003, the red-hot source was “Curveball;” in 2020, its “Caesar.” The U.S. might soon discover if the second time is, in fact, farce

Can India Really Shut Down Oil Supply To China?

Jul 09, 2020 at 17:13 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Threats to oil shipping routes are nothing new to the oil market. It has endured Iran seizing tankers in the Strait of Hormuz,…

China Could Invade Taiwan's 'Oil Island'

Jul 06, 2020 at 12:59 | Gregory R. Copley

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) seemed to be considering, by July 2020, whether to risk early military conflict as a means of moving its declining strategic fortunes…

Turkey’s Latest Geopolitical Gamble Could Result In Catastrophe

Jul 03, 2020 at 16:48 | Cyril Widdershoven

The rosy future of the offshore East Mediterranean (East-Med) gas boom is in jeopardy. The current COVID-related economic downturn, combined with the dramatic drop in demand for 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…

Russia And China Face-Off For Nuclear Dominance In Africa

Jul 01, 2020 at 14:14 | Haley Zaremba

Russian nuclear power is one continent closer to taking over the world. This week the Rwandan parliament approved a plan for the Russian state-owned nuclear conglomerate Rosatom to…

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…

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