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Cyril Widdershoven

VEROCY

Contributor since: 22 Mar 2017

Cyril Widdershoven

Dr. Cyril Widdershoven is a long-time observer of the global energy market. Presently, he holds several advisory positions with international think tanks in the Middle East and energy sectors in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Dr.Widdershoven earned his post graduate degrees at King’s College, University of London, Department of War Studies, and an MA in Middle East Studies at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The main focus of his work has been on geopolitical risks, terrorism,
fundamentalism and military/defense related issues in the MENA region. At the same time, due to consulting work and advisory, he has become involved in the oil, gas and energy sectors in the region and Africa.

He held several senior publishing positions in leading energy publications such as Afroil, Middle East Oil and Gas, and North Africa Oil and Gas Magazine Cairo, and he continues to oversee the Mediterranean Energy Political Risk Consultancy. Dr. Widdershoven worked on M&A operations in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Iran, he studied the pipeline operations in Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and Turkey, and he assessed risk for institutional investors and banks in Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iraq, all while advising the Dutch government and international organizations on related issues.

Dr Cyril Widdershoven is owner of Dutch consultancy VEROCY

Latest articles from Cyril

  • U.S. And China Face Off In Iranian Conflict

    Published 24 July 2019 | viewed 45,486 times

    China’s relationship with Iran is being put to the test after US president Trump slammed sanctions on Chinese state-run energy company Zhuhai Zhenrong for allegedly…

  • Oil Glut Could Worsen As Libya’s Civil War Ends

    Published 22 July 2019 | viewed 17,478 times

    While the Persian Gulf crisis continues to escalate, oil markets have put Libya’s ongoing civil war on the backburner. This weekend, the shutdown of OPEC…

  • Why Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Keeps The Aramco IPO Alive

    Published 21 July 2019 | viewed 17,886 times

    The Aramco IPO story seems more and more to be a line from the world famous story of “Scheherazade and 1001 nights”. As the famous…

  • This Arms Deal Could Trigger A New ‘’Cold War’’

    Published 14 July 2019 | viewed 15,747 times

    The long-awaited, and feared, delivery of Russian S-400 missile systems to Turkey has started. In spite of US and European warnings that Ankara should reconsider…

  • OPEC’s Future Looks Bleak As It Extends Deal

    Published 01 July 2019 | viewed 69,740 times

    OPEC and its partners have decided to roll over the existing production cut agreement for another 9 months. After weeks of deliberations, infighting, global pressure…

  • The Oil Crisis Saudi Arabia Can't Solve

    Published 27 June 2019 | viewed 28,709 times

    Saudi Arabia’s CEO Amin Nasr’s message to the press that oil flows to the market are guaranteed, should be taken with a pinch of salt.Looking…

  • The West Just Made A Big Mistake In Middle East

    Published 23 June 2019 | viewed 36,762 times

      US politics have always been a bi-partisan affair. Two blocks fighting each other without taking into account possible repercussions of their decisions on global…

  • Tanker Strikes Spell Doomsday Scenario For OPEC

    Published 13 June 2019 | viewed 33,507 times

    An attack by an unknown party on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman has put the Arabian/Persian Gulf region on edge. After the…

  • The Bearish Threat Within OPEC

    Published 09 June 2019 | viewed 38,500 times

    After a prolonged oil price plunge, pushing price levels down to around $59 Brent per barrel, signs are showing that the market believes the downward…

  • The Oil Market Isn’t As Weak As It Appears

    Published 26 May 2019 | viewed 17,160 times

    A slight price recovery on Friday couldn’t save what turned out to be the worst week this year for oil markets. Brent is currently hovering…

  • Global Oil Flows At Stake In New Middle East Proxy War

    Published 14 May 2019 | viewed 25,047 times

    The tensions between Saudi Arabia/UAE and Iran seem to be heading for a new showdown, as the media hype during the weekend has shown. Not…

  • New Middle East Proxy War Could Jolt Oil Prices

    Published 12 May 2019 | viewed 45,737 times

    U.S. sanctions on Iran are now really starting to bite. In contrast to what European media portray, Iran’s oil and gas exports are plunging. Tehran’s…

  • Middle East Oil Giants Are About To Upend Oil Trading

    Published 05 May 2019 | viewed 53,333 times

    The summer of 2019 could be a watershed moment in global commodity markets. The next couple of months, could see a major reshuffle of global…

  • OPEC Is Facing An Existential Crisis

    Published 04 May 2019 | viewed 37,265 times

    Global oil market fundamentals are looking particularly bullish, from the OPEC+ production cuts, to the constraints of exports in Nigeria and the U.S. sanctions on…

  • Why An OPEC Oil Supply Surge Won’t Happen

    Published 28 April 2019 | viewed 65,100 times

    The end of the Iranian sanction waivers by the Trump Administration has put oil traders on edge.While most analysts are optimistic about OPEC leader Saudi…

  • The Next Geopolitical Flashpoint For Oil

    Published 11 April 2019 | viewed 11,012 times

    The removal of long-time Sudanese dictator Omar Bashir by the Sudanese army has been hailed by some as a sign of a new “Arab Spring”.…

  • Oil Markets On Edge As Military Clash Looms In Libya

    Published 07 April 2019 | viewed 16,737 times

    Libya is heading for a military showdown as East Libyan strongman General Haftar has initiated a full confrontation with the UN-backed West-Libyan GNA Al Serraj…

  • Did Aramco Just Open Pandora’s Box?

    Published 01 April 2019 | viewed 19,390 times

    Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, has for the first time ever issued a bond prospectus to financial markets, shedding some light on its…

  • Expect Higher Oil Prices As OPEC Clashes With Trump

    Published 31 March 2019 | viewed 43,674 times

    The ongoing turf war between U.S. president Donald Trump and OPEC+ where the oil market needs to be heading is again heating up. With a…

  • The World’s Largest Oil Company And Petrochemical Company Merge

    Published 27 March 2019 | viewed 37,484 times

    The long awaited Saudi Aramco acquisition of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is finally here. With a statement to the press, Aramco CEO Amin Nasser…

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