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Geopolitics

Is the Niger Delta Sliding Back Into Anarchy

Mar 20, 2010 at 15:58 | Editorial Dept

There had been disturbing news and reports emanating from the Niger Delta oil basin of Nigeria in recent times. On Monday March 15, 2010, a car bomb explosion was reported…

Google's Decision Highlights the Dangers of Doing Business in China

Mar 17, 2010 at 14:42 | Charles Hugh Smith

The ramifications of Google's decision to leave China are deep: China's leadership, be careful what you wish for. I have been a student of China for 40 years. Alas, no,…

Southeast Asia Becoming China's Trading Partner of Choice

Mar 16, 2010 at 18:09 | Dave Forest

Some good research from China Knowledge this week. About how southeast Asia is becoming China's trading partner of choice. China's trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has grown…

Ecuador Continues Its Defense in Arbitration Commenced By Chevron

Mar 12, 2010 at 16:23 | Editorial Dept

On March 11, 2010, the Honorable Leonard Sand, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, denied the Republic of Ecuador’s Petition to Stay the pending arbitration commenced…

Damage Done By Nigeria's Contentious Oil Bill May Be Tough To Undo

Mar 12, 2010 at 01:52 | Fawzia Sheikh

Nigeria's controversial oil industry bill is expected to eventually pass but the government may find it tough to later shift gears as international oil firms targeted under the legislation scale…

Libya: The Energy Player Not to Be Dismissed

Mar 06, 2010 at 20:17 | Philip H. de Leon

On September 1, 2009, Libya lavishly celebrated the 40 years in power of its leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Once qualified as the mad dog of the Middle East by President…

Iraqi Elections Likely To Fuel Ethnic Tensions, Further Delay Access To Kirkuk's Reserves

Mar 05, 2010 at 00:55 | Gareth Jenkins

The elections in Iraq on March 7, 2010, are likely to serve as an important indicator of the prospects for a resolution of the long-running dispute over the administration of…

Yemen's Push Into the Gas Sector Fails to Stimulate Great Excitement and Raises Disturbing Questions

Mar 03, 2010 at 13:54 | Fawzia Sheikh

With Yemen’s oil revenues plunging, the government’s push into the gas market seemed like an economic saving grace for a state wracked by poverty and terrorism, but analysts warn more…

Renewed Battle for the Falkland Islands Suits the Embattled British, Argentine Leaders, and Others

Mar 01, 2010 at 17:30 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The artificially-engendered revival of the dispute, which began in February 2010 between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, has been…

China's Ambitions Reshaping South Asia as it Surges into India's Backyard

Feb 25, 2010 at 19:12 | David Caploe PhD

It’s a truism that the 21st century future of not just Asia, but the entire world, will be significantly determined by the relationship between the globe’s two fastest-growing large economies,…

Reports of $20 billion Total investment brighten Nigerian oil outlook

Feb 24, 2010 at 16:45 | Darrell Delamaide

Reports that French oil giant Total is ready to invest $20 billion in Nigerian oil and gas development spread through energy markets in an unlikely bit of positive news for…

Kurds Push for Oil Law with Baghdad Amid South's Sudden Bright Future

Feb 24, 2010 at 12:54 | Fawzia Sheikh

While the Iraqi government has made overtures to its Kurdish counterpart in the north to end an oil standoff, much remains in doubt without an actual law keeping the industry…

The US-PRC Strategic Divide Begins

Feb 10, 2010 at 19:20 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The simmering difficulties in the US strategic relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were, by the beginning of 2010, ready to emerge despite the attempts of the US…

Iran Unfazed By Congressional Threats of New Energy Sanctions

Feb 09, 2010 at 20:54 | Fawzia Sheikh

U.S. lawmakers are toughening their stance on Iran’s energy industry with new economic penalties, but experts doubt the Islamic regime will pay much attention and is more likely to open…

China's Success Taking its Toll on Neighbours

Feb 04, 2010 at 21:36 | David Caploe PhD

During the decade after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, China was generally seen throughout East Asia as a friendly alternative power-center to the American-led Washington-consensus that told countries in trouble…

As the Middle East Peace Talks Hit Deadlock, Talk of Israel Joining the European Union Increases

Feb 02, 2010 at 19:32 | Claude Salhani

The Middle East peace talks are at a deadlock. Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to move ahead with the plan established by the so-called Quartet – the US., U.N.,…

10 Geopolitical Predictions for 2010 & Short Term Strategic Outlook

Jan 30, 2010 at 18:38 | Gregory R. Copley

A great - and still growing - divergence appeared in 2009 between public statements by leaders and their public performance. The politicized, romanticized theater of increasingly populist “democratic” leaders and…

Gazprom: Angel or Demon?

Jan 29, 2010 at 02:55 | Philip H. de Leon

Gazprom faces regular opprobrium for its bullying ways of using energy as a pressure and political tool. Seen by some, mostly Russians, as the symbol of a successful and strong…

Changing the Balance of Power: 16 Geopolitical Megatrends Affecting Every Aspect of your Life

Jan 28, 2010 at 14:48 | Gregory R. Copley

Substantial and unmistakable signs of profound change in the global strategic framework have become concrete in the past year. The stress in the structure has already developed into fissures. The…

Despite Financial Constraints, Indonesia Continues to Slowly Modernize its Defenses

Jan 27, 2010 at 14:21 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Indonesia, although a considerable distance from being a state capable of projecting power, has begun to bring greater focus to its strategic situation, and, at the same time, it is…

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