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How U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela Backfired

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The United States levied harsh…

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Geopolitics

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…

Putin Eyes Profit Over Influence In Africa

Feb 07, 2020 at 16:40 | MINING.com

While Russia has been playing for power in Africa in recent years by sending arms, offering mercenaries and cinching mining deals, the foundations of Moscow’s claim to renewed global influence…

Superpowers Face Off For Space Supremacy

Feb 07, 2020 at 16:40 | ZeroHedge

One year ago in January, a Chinese robot landed on the dark side of the moon. Since then, the Chang’e 4 probe and the Yutu-2 rover it carried onboard have been…

Turkey’s Latest Power Grab Has Europe On Edge

Jan 31, 2020 at 17:02 | Yale Global

Conflicts in the Middle East attract an entanglement of interventions, any of which could turn the region into a powder keg, and Turkish intervention in Libyan civil conflict adds a…

Oil Major Earnings Disappoint

Jan 31, 2020 at 11:11 | Editorial Dept

Market Movers The biggest thing moving the market this week continues to be the China-originating coronavirus as flight cancellations pick up momentum, cutting down massively on jet fuel demand, while…

China Takes The Lead In This Emerging Energy Frontier

Jan 28, 2020 at 12:00 | Viktor Katona

Several weeks ago, we have looked into a very recent Russian initiative to increase their presence in the southern part of the Gulf of Guinea, encompassing a…

U.S. Deals Major Blow To Iranian Investors

Jan 27, 2020 at 10:47 | Safehaven.com

Washington’s move to ban Iranians from U.S. trade and investment visas has generated plenty of headlines, but the move is largely meaningless and…

The Three Countries Vying For Ultimate Power In The Middle East

Jan 24, 2020 at 17:33 | Yossef Bodansky

Two notable deaths in early January 2020 pushed the greater Middle East to increased tension and instability. There emerges a growing risk, as a result, of a sudden discrete…

The Most Successful Oil Economy That’s Moving Away From Oil

Jan 22, 2020 at 16:12 | Irina Slav

A discussion about oil-dependent economies often calls to mind an image of some anonymous Middle Eastern country almost entirely dependent on its oil exports to generate revenues. But there is…

Turkey’s Unauthorized Gas Drilling Could Have Serious Consequences

Jan 22, 2020 at 12:23 | ZeroHedge

The European Union is eyeing long promised punitive measures against Turkey for its illegal military incursion into northern Syria, as well as its unauthorized natural gas drilling off Cyprus' coast. …

Civil Unrest Threatens Miners Across The Globe

Jan 17, 2020 at 16:03 | MINING.com

Global miners will have to get ready to deal with the increasing threat from civil unrest, following last year’s succession of dramatic — and in several cases unforeseen — social…

The New Energy Superpower In The Middle East

Jan 17, 2020 at 15:55 | Vanand Meliksetian

Russia under President Putin has regained some of the global importance that it lost after the breakup of the Soviet Union. During the Cold War, Moscow had a significant presence…

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