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Europe Needs Nord Stream 2 More Than It Likes To Admit

Sep 06, 2021 at 14:10 | Irina Slav

When construction began on the second Nord Stream pipeline that was going to double the volume of natural gas ships to Europe—most of it to Germany—the European Union…

Aramco On Lockdown After Houthi Missile Attack

Sep 06, 2021 at 09:24 | Charles Kennedy

Saudi Arabia had intercepted a ballistic missile attack on facilities owned by state oil major Aramco in the Eastern Region, Reuters has reported, citing the Saudi defense ministry. Earlier

Iran Eyes Further 1 Million Bpd Output Boost From Huge Oilfields

Aug 31, 2021 at 13:22 | Simon Watkins

Irrespective of how quickly a new iteration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – ‘nuclear deal’ – is signed between Iran and the U.S., plus the…

What Would A World Without OPEC Look Like?

Aug 27, 2021 at 10:44 | Irina Slav

A few years ago, as U.S. shale oil production soared towards 11 and then 12 million bpd, turning the country into the world’s largest oil producer, it was…

Could Venezuela Become Latin America’s Afghanistan?

Aug 25, 2021 at 11:43 | Matthew Smith

The Biden administration, along with U.S. intelligence and military agencies, was stunned by the gains made by the Taliban which saw them seize the Afghan capital Kabul and…

Middle East Security Concerns Could Threaten The Global Economy

Aug 25, 2021 at 11:40 | RFE/RL staff

There was recently an attack on the Mercer Street vessel belonging to an Israeli billionaire, with Iran being blamed for the incident. These kinds of attacks have been…

The U.S. Isn’t Done With Its Fight Against Nord Stream 2 Just Yet

Aug 23, 2021 at 10:18 | ZeroHedge

On Friday, the Biden administration announced new sanctions against one Russian ship and two Russian individuals involved in the Nord Stream 2 natural…

Iran’s Huge Caspian Gas Find Is A Geopolitical Gamechanger

Aug 19, 2021 at 10:33 | Simon Watkins

Iran last week revealed a huge new gas deposit located in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea. The ‘Chalous’ structure is to be developed with the intention…

The Afghanistan Crisis Could Destabilize The Region

Aug 17, 2021 at 11:59 | Eurasianet

Governments across Central Asia appear as stunned as the rest of the international community in the face of the rapid disintegration of order in neighboring Afghanistan.

Islamic State Attacks Iraqi Oil Field

Aug 16, 2021 at 07:34 | Irina Slav

An attack with an explosive device on an oil field in the northern Iraqi region of Kirkuk was blamed on Islamic State militants, according to an unnamed source who

Colombia’s Oil Industry Faces Major Uncertainty

Aug 13, 2021 at 11:36 | Matthew Smith

Post-FARC peace treaty violence is at an all-time high with 2021 on track to be the most violent year in Colombia in a decade. Massacres and violent crimes,…

Why An Oil Deal Between Kurdistan And Baghdad Is Unlikely

Aug 12, 2021 at 10:57 | Simon Watkins

The recent transfer of IQD200 billion (US$137 million) from the Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad to the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan’s government (KRG) in Erbil raised…

A Major Rift Remains Within OPEC

Aug 11, 2021 at 10:21 | Vanand Meliksetian

Conflicts and major disagreements within OPEC usually go unnoticed as member states use consultation and decision-making mechanisms that prevent a public mess. The UAE’s recent decision to do…

France Pressures Iran To Rejoin The Nuclear Deal

Aug 09, 2021 at 12:05 | RFE/RL staff

French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Iran to resume talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers but Iran's new hard-line president, Ebrahim Raisi, says that…

Will Extensive Vaccination Programs Help GCC Nations Return To Normal?

Aug 06, 2021 at 13:11 | Oxford Business Group

With schools, businesses and borders re-opening across much of the region, several GCC countries are beginning to resume pre-pandemic levels of activity. Does this mark the start of…

A New Civil War Would Decimate Colombia's Oil Industry

Aug 03, 2021 at 16:35 | Matthew Smith

The strife-torn South American nation of Colombia was rocked by anti-government protests which commenced in late April 2021 and lasted for roughly two months.

Iran Ready To Deliver "Crushing" Military Response After Tanker Attack

Aug 02, 2021 at 12:03 | ZeroHedge

Iran on Sunday issued a formal denial that it was behind the major Thursday night drone attack on the Mercer Street oil tanker off Oman that was managed by an Israeli firm…

Russia’s Mediterranean Pivot Will Come At A Cost

Jul 30, 2021 at 15:29 | Vanand Meliksetian

The overwhelming majority of Russia’s population lives in the western regions near the border with Europe and the Black Sea. Cultural and economic ties with Mediterranean countries have…

The Case For Washington To Remove Sanctions On Venezuela

Jul 27, 2021 at 14:05 | Matthew Smith

By the 1990s, founding OPEC member Venezuela had become a true petroleum power pumping over two million barrels of crude oil per day. This saw the Latin American…

Biden Faces Major Challenge As China Zeroes In On Iraq

Jul 26, 2021 at 13:10 | Simon Watkins

A series of deals between China and Iraq in the run-up to this week’s visit of Iraq President Mustafa al-Kadhimi to Washington, including the latest involving China’s build-out…

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