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Geopolitics

Saudi Arabia Sidelined By Biden's Middle East Strategy

Mar 22, 2021 at 17:36 | Simon Watkins

After the first oil price war launched by the Saudis against the then-nascent U.S. shale sector in 2014, Washington took the view that the Kingdom had broken the core…

Saudi Arabia Proposes Ceasefire In Yemen Conflict

Mar 22, 2021 at 12:06 | Julianne Geiger

Saudi Arabia has proposed a ceasefire to the war in Yemen on Monday. The ceasefire was suggested by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and comes after a…

Saudi Arabia Must Prepare For More Attacks On Its Oil Industry

Mar 15, 2021 at 17:55 | Simon Watkins

As highlighted in OilPrice.com just after the last major attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities on 14 September 2019, there are many positive aspects from Iran’s perspective in pursuing…

Why Biden Needs To Change His Tune On Venezuela

Mar 10, 2021 at 13:05 | Matthew Smith

Since the U.S. presidential election started in earnest toward the end of 2020 there has been considerable speculation regarding President Biden’s plans for crisis-torn Venezuela. President Biden has…

China Makes Move On Riyadh As Washington Considers Sanctions

Mar 03, 2021 at 13:13 | James Durso

Panda Express isn’t just a fast-food chain in Saudi Arabia. Soon it’ll be the daily Air China flight bringing Chinese businessmen and officials to the kingdom. Saudi Arabia recently achieved…

Is Biden Preparing To Ease Restrictions On Venezuelan Oil?

Feb 15, 2021 at 16:57 | Matthew Smith

In a surprise move, President Biden has withdrawn U.S. support for a Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi rebels in war-torn Yemen, describing the…

How U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela Backfired

Feb 05, 2021 at 18:09 | Matthew Smith

Harsh U.S. sanctions, a crumbling economy, and near collapsed petroleum industry have done little, if anything, to loosen President Maduro’s grip on power in Venezuela. It appears that…

Why A New Nuclear Deal With Iran Looks Unlikely

Feb 05, 2021 at 13:49 | Simon Watkins

A key complicating factor in the ‘if and when’ conjecture over the U.S. and Iran re-opening talks on the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in light of the new…

Military Takes Full Control Of Myanmar

Feb 05, 2021 at 11:31 | Editorial Dept

Myanmar is a huge investment for China. We’re talking about billions of dollars in infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, mines, and a deepwater port--not to mention a…

Iran Boasts Oil Production Increase

Feb 05, 2021 at 11:27 | Editorial Dept

Geopolitics, Politics & Conflict -Iran is claiming that it is already increasing its oil production, and will have reached pre-sanctions levels within a month or two. Iran is also claiming…

How The Coup In Myanmar Will Impact Energy Markets

Feb 04, 2021 at 10:08 | Viktor Katona

Myanmar’s military coup has become Asia’s most significant political development in 2021 so far. In many ways, the coup brought back memories of times long gone – Aung San Suu…

Has Iran Massively Underestimated Joe Biden?

Jan 11, 2021 at 17:45 | Simon Watkins

Iran has been waiting since former U.S. President, Donald Trump, unilaterally pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 and then re-imposed sanctions…

UAE Oil Takes Center Stage In U.S. Pushback Against China

Jan 07, 2021 at 16:36 | Simon Watkins

Abu Dhabi – the oil powerhouse at the centre of the U.S.’s pushback against increasing Chinese influence across the Middle East - last…

U.S. Energy Independence Is Fueling Iran’s Middle East Power Grab

Dec 31, 2020 at 11:29 | Haley Zaremba

The global economy, international geopolitics, and intra-national security have hinged upon oil production capacity and petrol markets so thoroughly that it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always…

U.S. Relations With Russia Could Crumble Under Biden

Dec 23, 2020 at 11:42 | RFE/RL staff

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has accused the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden of "Russophobia” and says he expects relations with the United States to go…

Venezuela’s Crisis: A Cautionary Tale For Oil Nations

Dec 17, 2020 at 12:50 | Matthew Smith

The story of Venezuela’s rise to wealth and its now near collapse is a cautionary tale for countries rich in natural resources. The 1914 discovery of crude oil…

UAE Oil Is A Vital Geopolitical Weapon Against China's Middle East Expansion

Dec 03, 2020 at 17:34 | Simon Watkins

The key corporate proxy at the centre of the U.S.’s Middle East pushback against increasing Chinese and Russian influence across the region – the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC)…

Why Biden’s Approach To Venezuela Is So Important For Oil Markets

Nov 18, 2020 at 15:11 | Matthew Smith

In a hard-fought campaign Democrat Joe Biden won the November 2020 U.S. presidential race beating incumbent Donald Trump. There were considerable fears in the run-up to the election…

Saudi Arabia Says It Foiled Houthi Attack On Oil Facility

Nov 13, 2020 at 09:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Saudi Arabia has thwarted a planned attack with explosives against an oil products terminal near the border with Yemen, the Kingdom said early on Friday, adding that the attempted attack…

How Kurdistan Is Taking Advantage Of Iraq’s Oil Crisis

Nov 04, 2020 at 12:59 | Simon Watkins

Iraq is facing a desperate financial situation: obliged to pay billions of dollars in state salaries, pensions, and other disbursements whilst its ability to generate revenue to do so is…

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