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Cyril Widdershoven

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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 and Global Head Strategy & Risk at Berry Commodities Fund.

Latest articles from Cyril

  • Libya Is Facing A New Oil War

    Published 20 January 2020 | viewed 20,280 times

    Libya’s oil operations have been dealt a blow during the last 24 hours, after local Libyan tribes, allies of Libya’s General Haftar’s LNA, disrupted production…

  • The Iran Crisis Is Far From Over

    Published 12 January 2020 | viewed 25,265 times

    After a week of extreme turmoil in the Middle East, due to the killing of Iranian IRGC leader Soleimani, Iran’s 2nd in command, and the…

  • Why Banning Fossil Fuel Investment Is A Huge Mistake

    Published 16 November 2019 | viewed 20,387 times

    Activist global warming strategies have now caused the European Investment Bank to ban its fossil fuel project funding. After more than a year of internal…

  • Could The Aramco IPO Kill OPEC?

    Published 14 November 2019 | viewed 64,622 times

    The global oil market could be entering unchartered waters in the coming weeks. After the US shale revolution, which threatened OPEC’s hold on and the…

  • Is This The End Of The Aramco IPO?

    Published 20 October 2019 | viewed 67,783 times

    The Aramco IPO has become a headache for many investors having been delayed yet again this week. Banks are now worried that it will be…

  • The Saudi Crown Prince’s Final Option

    Published 06 October 2019 | viewed 47,573 times

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been making headlines again these last few days. After giving an interview to CBS in which he admitted…

  • The $47 Trillion Death Sentence For Oil & Gas

    Published 23 September 2019 | viewed 179,548 times

    The future of hydrocarbons is becoming bleak if plans presented by international banks, representing around $47 trillion in value, will be fully implemented. Around 130…

  • Is A Full-Blown War In The Persian Gulf Inevitable?

    Published 16 September 2019 | viewed 32,426 times

    Iran has been able to counter U.S. President Trump’s maximum pressure strategy by taking the challenge to the next level. With a big bang, the…

  • A New Era For Saudi Oil

    Published 09 September 2019 | viewed 9,113 times

    After a long time of low-profile strategic moves, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stepped back into the spotlights with a bang. International media are…

  • The Silent Power Struggle Within Saudi Arabia

    Published 02 September 2019 | viewed 44,499 times

    Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s leading oil producer, is not only stepping up its Saudi Aramco IPO process but is also reshuffling the oil and gas power…

  • The Saudi Pivot To The East Is Real

    Published 01 September 2019 | viewed 23,053 times

    After a short lull in the media frenzy about the Aramco IPO, touted to be the largest listing ever on a stock exchange, steps are…

  • Iraq’s Latest Oil Plan Could Upset The Entire Middle East

    Published 27 August 2019 | viewed 21,232 times

    Washington’s advisors will need to get back soon to address a possible tripartite pipeline proposal of Iran, as it will not only be linked to…

  • Lebanon’s High Risk Offshore Oil & Gas Boom

    Published 24 August 2019 | viewed 39,016 times

    The least known offshore oil and gas frontier in the East-Mediterranean, Lebanon is preparing itself for a possible entrance into the producer’s league. At the…

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

    Published 24 July 2019 | viewed 51,846 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 34,171 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 34,710 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 20,835 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 76,320 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 35,016 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 42,207 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…

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