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Geopolitics

Tunisia: The Next Govt to Fall

Aug 16, 2013 at 17:46 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The Islamist-led Ennahda government in Tunisia survived the first assassination of a political opposition leader in February, the 25 July assassination of a second opposition figure - Mohamed…

Terrorism: The Latest Salvo on LNG Exports

Aug 14, 2013 at 19:22 | Daniel J. Graeber

A natural gas company operating in Yemen said there was nothing to media reports stating al-Qaida militants killed four soldiers in a weekend attack. The country was the source of…

India and China Ignore US Sanctions Against Iran

Aug 14, 2013 at 18:58 | Juan Cole

The US House of Representatives approved a bill at the beginning of this month aimed at completely closing off Iranian petroleum exports. Not since President Roosevelt told Japan in…

Syria, Kurds, Jihadists and Hydrocarbons

Aug 09, 2013 at 16:32 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The retaking of rebel-central Homs last week by the Syrian regime marks a turning point in the conflict, while a secondary battle between the Kurds and radical Sunni…

Belarus Tries to Subtly Lash Out at Russian Oligarchs

Aug 09, 2013 at 16:27 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Belarus reinstates an investor-unfriendly rule in order to subdue Russian power in its business. Analysis: In 2008, the Belarusian government revoked its “golden share” rule that…

US Terror Warnings in MENA

Aug 09, 2013 at 16:19 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Jailbreaks of al-Qaida suspects in nine countries and chatter among al-Qaida affiliates of a possible attack on Western interests in the Middle East and Africa have prompted the…

A Convenient Revival of the War on Terror

Aug 08, 2013 at 17:24 | Charles Kennedy

The 4 August global travel warning and the closure of US embassies in the Middle East and North Africa are partly based on intercepted communications of al-Qaeda-linked figures and some…

Reassembling the Evil Empire – Gazprom moves into Kyrgyzstan

Aug 07, 2013 at 17:39 | John Daly

Pity poor democratic, energy bereft post-Soviet Central Asian state Kyrgyzstan.Alone amongst the debris field of post-Soviet states in the unexpected aftermath of the sudden December 1991 implosion of…

Why China is Twisting My Melon

Aug 07, 2013 at 17:32 | Matt Smith

‘Twisting my melon‘ is a British phrase to describe being confused to the point of annoyance. The reason I bring it up is because it describes how I feel about…

What Does the US Want in Egypt?

Aug 05, 2013 at 17:13 | Charles Kennedy

What the US wants in Egypt is what it failed to attain in Iraq—stability of the kind that assumes US control over the situation. In Iraq’s case, this…

India Nervous About Increasing West African Piracy

Aug 03, 2013 at 18:18 | John Daly

After China, India is Asia’s largest rising energy importer. According to the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration, “India is the fourth largest energy consumer in the world after the…

Iran-Iraq-Syria Pipeline Must Tempt Europe

Aug 02, 2013 at 13:18 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Iraqi, Syrian and Iranian oil ministers meet in southern Iran to sign an MOU for the construction of the tri-country gas pipeline; a new picture emerges from…

As Sudan-South Sudan Oil Battle Re-Ignites, South Sudan Risks Instability

Aug 02, 2013 at 13:17 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: An oil agreement between Sudan and South Sudan is off track—again, and only Ethiopian mediation has managed to postpone for two weeks Sudan’s threat to shut down the…

A Cry from the Heart: Syria and the Mathematics of War

Jul 30, 2013 at 18:07 | Claude Salhani

Take a good look at the horrific pictures all over the Internet today showing the massive destruction to the city of Homs, in Syria, and then come back to this…

China’s Energy Policies Unsettle Neighbors Both East and West

Jul 26, 2013 at 17:04 | John Daly

China’s relentless search for global energy assets to fuel its voracious economy is one of the decades biggest stories, with Beijing willing to sign deals anywhere, anytime.That search…

Waiting on Egypt for Oil & Gas Investment

Jul 26, 2013 at 15:30 | Editorial Dept

Whither Egypt and its nearly 4.4 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and 77 trillion cubic feet of natural gas? Well, it’s never been a cakewalk, getting energy-starved Egypt’s development…

Armenia Faces Opposition over Gazprom Deal

Jul 26, 2013 at 14:54 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Armenia’s plans to hand over the state’s remaining stake in its natural gas monopoly to Gazprom has opposition politicians furious over the prospect of ceding total control of…

Romania to Build Gas Pipeline to Moldova with Major Political Implications

Jul 26, 2013 at 14:52 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Romania announces that construction will begin soon on a natural gas pipeline to neighboring Moldova, in a project that will underbid Gazprom prices and challenge Russia’s control in…

Is it Possible that the Ongoing Events in Syria and Egypt were Planned?

Jul 23, 2013 at 18:04 | Claude Salhani

Many are those within the governments in Washington, London, Brussels, Paris and other major capitals cities, who are burning the midnight oil trying to think ahead as to what may…

Iran Gets Creative Over Energy Payments from Turkey and Pakistan

Jul 22, 2013 at 15:43 | John Daly

First begun in 1979 following the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran is now subject to three differing sets of sanctions – the U.S., the European Union and…

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