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Geopolitics

Can The U.S. And China Compromise On Climate Change?

Jun 30, 2021 at 11:30 | Global Risk Insights

Following a joint statement with China addressing the climate crisis on April 17th, the US submitted a new ‘nationally determined contribution’ (NDC) at the virtual summit led by…

U.S. Warns Gulf Allies: Don't Normalize Relations With Assad

Jun 28, 2021 at 14:50 | ZeroHedge

For the past couple months there's been persisting reports and rumors that Saudi Arabia is preparing to restore diplomatic ties and normalized relations with the Syrian government under Bashar…

Iran Is Increasingly Likely To Accept A New Nuclear Deal

Jun 28, 2021 at 13:40 | Simon Watkins

A number of false assumptions have continued to cloud the coverage of the ongoing re-negotiation between the U.S. and Iran of a new iteration of the Joint Comprehensive…

Why Did Iraq Pull The Plug On Its $2 Billion Oil Deal With China?

Jun 25, 2021 at 12:29 | Felicity Bradstock

Just when it looked like Iraq was becoming a regional leader it decided to halt a $2 billion pre-paid oil supply deal with China's state-owned Zhenhua Oil Co.…

U.S., France Warn Iran Not To Draw Out Nuclear Talks

Jun 25, 2021 at 11:47 | RFE/RL staff

  The United States and France have warned Iran not to draw out nuclear talks, a day after an interim agreement for the UN nuclear watchdog to monitor…

Venezuela’s Descent Into Anarchy Is Fueling Maduro’s Desperation

Jun 24, 2021 at 14:29 | Matthew Smith

Venezuela’s Descent Into Anarchy Is Fueling Maduro’s DesperationDescription: Tags:  After more than 15 years of U.S. sanctions which caused Venezuela’s one mighty petroleum industry…

U.S. Denies Agreement With Iran To Lift Oil Sanctions

Jun 24, 2021 at 08:58 | Irina Slav

The U.S. State Department has refuted a statement made by a senior Iranian official that the country had agreed to lift all sanctions on Iran's oil and shipping industry. "During…

Oman Is Vital To Iran And China’s Energy Agenda

Jun 16, 2021 at 14:10 | Simon Watkins

Although Oman’s fiscal breakeven price per barrel of Brent crude oil has fallen to US$61 this year, the fact that it was over US$90 on average for much…

Could Energy Ties Bring Saudi Arabia's Conflict With Iran To An End?

Jun 14, 2021 at 14:25 | Simon Watkins

The relationship between the two great indigenous powers in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia and Iran – has become significantly more nuanced in the past few weeks…

Belarus Sanctions Might Be The Real Deal

May 26, 2021 at 13:03 | Gerald Jansen

Multitudinous protests and years of international condemnations notwithstanding, the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus might soon see its final days, all brought about by an innocuous Ryanair flight from…

Clean Power Push Set To Upend The Geopolitics Of Energy

May 25, 2021 at 15:46 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The global push for clean power generation and increased electrification in transportation is creating a new world order in energy where new winners and losers may emerge. If the world…

Secret Meeting Between Saudi Arabia And Iran May Trigger Major Policy Change

May 24, 2021 at 18:17 | Simon Watkins

A number of peculiar things have happened in the Middle East in the past few weeks involving the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, all with some sort of focus…

Colombia’s Oil Industry Is Desperate For Protests To End

May 20, 2021 at 11:54 | Felicity Bradstock

Protests across Colombia, which have been raging for almost a month now, are hurting the oil and gas industry as producers are forced to shut in wells because…

The U.S. Shouldn’t Hold High Hopes For A Pro-West Iranian President

May 17, 2021 at 17:48 | Simon Watkins

The U.S. and Iran have been engaged in on-off talks about the resuscitation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the ‘nuclear deal’ – for some months now…

Conflict In Gaza Threatens U.S. Middle East Strategy

May 14, 2021 at 14:09 | Simon Watkins

The starting point for all sound intelligence analysis of a particular action is to identify who gains from it and what it is that they gain. As the new tit-for-tat…

Hamas Targets Israeli Oil And Nuclear Facilities With Rocket Attacks

May 14, 2021 at 11:10 | ZeroHedge

Hamas' militant wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, announced earlier this week that it is deliberately targeting Israel's secretive Dimona nuclear reactor site, known as the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear…

Iran To Saudi Arabia: Sell Our Oil And We Will Reduce Houthi Attacks

May 13, 2021 at 11:07 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Iran is looking to persuade its regional rival Saudi Arabia to help it to sell Iranian crude oil on international markets in exchange for limiting attacks from the Iran-aligned Houthi…

The Oil Pipeline That Will Expand China's Influence In Africa

May 12, 2021 at 14:51 | Simon Watkins

Central to the expansion of Chinese and Russian influence via Iran into the space in the Middle East vacated by the U.S. since former U.S. President Donald Trump initiated a…

Iran Nuclear Deal Talks Are Finally Progressing

May 07, 2021 at 16:27 | Charles Kennedy

Russia, China, and the European signatories to the so-called Iran nuclear deal agreed on Friday to intensify talks on bringing the United States and Iran back into the…

Explosion Of Violence Is A Major Threat To Colombia's Oil Industry

May 04, 2021 at 12:11 | Matthew Smith

Once again, for the third time in less than two years, Colombia is saturated by protests sparked by President Ivan Duque’s proposed tax reforms which are aimed at…

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