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Geopolitics

The True Causes Underlying the Moscow Metro Bombings

Mar 30, 2010 at 17:11 | John Daly

The tragic news of the 29 March twin suicide bombings of two Moscow Metro stations during the morning rush hour has produced outrage worldwide, with the Kremlin quickly adding that…

Debts and Doubts Delay Kirkuk-Cehyan Oil Pipeline Renewal

Mar 30, 2010 at 16:15 | Gareth Jenkins

The delay in the renewal of the agreement for the operation of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline has served as a reminder of the many obstacles that still have to be…

Argentina Running Out Of Options In Falklands Oil Fight

Mar 26, 2010 at 17:39 | Fawzia Sheikh

As Argentina's oil battle with the United Kingdom rages on, the only other obstacle the South American country can throw at oil companies planning to drill near the Falkland Islands…

Oil for Blood in Afghanistan?

Mar 24, 2010 at 14:40 | Claude Salhani

The United States Marines are expected to do the hard work when it comes to War.  They are given the toughest jobs and the most dangerous tasks to perform and…

Acting Nigerian President Moves Quickly Decisively to Get Country Back on Track

Mar 23, 2010 at 14:49 | Gregory R. Copley

Acting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has moved decisively and rapidly to unify the Government under him, dismissing — on March 17, 2010 — the entire Cabinet which had been appointed…

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…

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