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Geopolitics

Russia And Saudi Arabia Are Becoming Unlikely Allies

Russia And Saudi Arabia Are Becoming Unlikely Allies

Sep 25, 2017 at 16:03 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Five years ago, the idea of OPEC and Russia working together on any oil and gas issue would have seemed absurd to any energy analyst worth his or her salt.…

Trouble Is Brewing In Kurdistan

Trouble Is Brewing In Kurdistan

Sep 20, 2017 at 14:49 | Cyril Widdershoven

The September 25 Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region is seen by Kurdish supporters as a major step forward to fulfilling its dream: an independent Kurdish state. The dream,…

Will The White House Prevent Rosneft From Buying Citgo?

Will The White House Prevent Rosneft From Buying Citgo?

Sep 20, 2017 at 12:49 | Irina Slav

Senators have pressed the Trump Administration to review the chances of Russia’s Rosneft acquiring Venezuela’s PDVSA and its U.S. business, Citgo. Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez believe a change in…

Russia’s Kurdish Pipeline Gamble

Russia’s Kurdish Pipeline Gamble

Sep 20, 2017 at 11:36 | Viktor Katona

Rarely does one see such a multi-faceted move as Rosneft declaring it will build a $1 billion pipeline bringing gas from Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey. The 30 BCm/year pipeline…

The Kurdish Referendum Could Reshape Oil Markets

The Kurdish Referendum Could Reshape Oil Markets

Sep 18, 2017 at 13:50 | Gregory Brew

Iraq, the second-largest OPEC producer, may be facing a significant disruption to its oil exports this month. On September 25, citizens of the northern region of Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous area…

Venezuela Publishes Oil Prices In Yuan For First Time

Venezuela Publishes Oil Prices In Yuan For First Time

Sep 15, 2017 at 16:33 | Julianne Geiger

In a move that is largely seen as Maduro giving Washington the middle finger, Venezuela has made good on its promise to layoff the U.S. dollar, publishing its oil prices…

OPEC’s No. 2 Faces Civil War Threat

OPEC’s No. 2 Faces Civil War Threat

Sep 13, 2017 at 16:01 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Tribal violence in the southern regions of Iraq is erupting on sectarian lines, threatening safety and security at oil facilities, officials told Kurdistan24. A majority of Iraq’s law enforcement…

Can North Korea Survive An Oil Embargo?

Can North Korea Survive An Oil Embargo?

Sep 12, 2017 at 10:15 | ZeroHedge

The United States has recently suggested a global oil embargo against North Korea, something both China and Russia oppose. The DPRK’s neighbours to the north support UN sanctions against Pyongyang,…

Is It Time For OPEC To Turn The Taps Back On?

Is It Time For OPEC To Turn The Taps Back On?

Sep 08, 2017 at 17:15 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said earlier this week that he’d spoken with his Saudi counterpart about the possibility of another extension to the OPEC-non-OPEC crude oil production deal;…

Iran To Become Essential Hub In China’s Belt And Road Initiative

Iran To Become Essential Hub In China’s Belt And Road Initiative

Sep 08, 2017 at 16:41 | Eurasianet

China’s strategic interest in Iran is intensifying. Chinese manufacturers are looking to establish new operations in Iran, and Tehran is viewed as a vital transport and logistics hub. Iran is…

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