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Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’ Uses Sectarianism As Tool

Saudi-Iranian ‘Cold War’ Uses Sectarianism As Tool

Following Saudi Arabia’s execution of the Shiite Cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, observers of the Middle East are pondering a multitude of eventualities, many of which point to a hot conflict between the two regional powers.

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Going Backwards: The Crisis in Venezuela

Going Backwards: The Crisis in Venezuela

Chavez’s 21st century socialism has failed, pushing Venezuela to the brink of a major humanitarian crisis.

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A Public Private Partnership for Iran’s New Petroleum Contract?

A Public Private Partnership for Iran’s New Petroleum Contract?

Can public private partnership provide a solution for the financing of energy infrastructure projects, at a time when Iran is facing declining revenues as a result of years of crippling sanctions?

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Climate Change: A Generational Challenge

Climate Change: A Generational Challenge

The vast majority of scientists agree that human activity has significantly increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere — most dramatically since the 1970s. Yet, global warming skeptics and ill-informed elected officials continue to dismiss this broad scientific consensus.

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Energy Resources and Political Dynamics with Gulf States

Energy Resources and Political Dynamics with Gulf States

For years, oil has been powered our increasingly technologically dependent world. Oil alternatives are becoming increasingly popular, and coupled with the Persian Gulf’s limited supply, many governments have tried to stay ahead of the market, which forecasts a world that’s not dependent on the Arabian Peninsula’s oil.

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Assessing OPEC’s (Saudi) Strategy to Counter the Oil Price Slump

Assessing OPEC’s (Saudi) Strategy to Counter the Oil Price Slump

After a near six year low, crude oil prices are finally starting to bounce back. According to Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, the bounce in oil prices is a result of oil demand growth, which has helped create some much-needed calm in the market.

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Nigerian Security in the Era of Cheap Oil, #Hashtags and Terror

Nigerian Security in the Era of Cheap Oil, #Hashtags and Terror

If the crisis worsens, Nigerian army capabilities will surely fall short without outside help.

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The BRICS Under Cheap Oil

The BRICS Under Cheap Oil

The rapid rise in the value of the U.S. dollar and the effect of new riches in the U.S. energy market has left many adversaries of the U.S. with serious future financial issues

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Somalia’s New Race Against Time

Somalia’s New Race Against Time

Despite the roller coaster of political and security-related drama that dominated the headlines in this past year, I still remain optimistic about Somalia’s future — cautiously of course.

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Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

Cheap Oil and Missed Opportunities

OPEC’s recent decision to keep production at its current levels lead to the realization by many investors that the current oil price may become the new norm.

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Two Big Players Enter the Fray

Two Big Players Enter the Fray

During President Obama’s recent trip spanning China, Myanmar and Australia, he along with Chinese President Xi Jingping announced what amounts to a historic agreement between the nations to reduce greenhouse emissions (amongst agreements to extend visas and trade deals to eliminate tariffs on IT products).

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Developments in America’s Backyard

Developments in America’s Backyard

Latin America often receives secondary attention with the world’s focus on the Middle East. For North Americans, however, issues with regional partners may have more weight on the average person in the U.S. and Canada than problems in Iraq and Ukraine.

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Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Logistics of the Syrian and Iraqi War

Even if war is not always good for business, it is at least a business. Whether dealing in arms, antiquities, oil, grain, taxes or international aid, the Islamic State is building the basis for the sort of exploitative economy whose inequities and corruption (ironically) helped its star rise among the poor and discontented.

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Dissecting China’s $1 Trillion in Investments Globally

Dissecting China’s $1 Trillion in Investments Globally

 

While China is generously endowed with hydrocarbon resources, its chief energy concern centers on ensuring access to energy supplies to meet its demand needs. Toward that goal, China has started investing in both the upstream oil, and petrochemical sectors worldwide — particularly in Africa, and more recently through joint ventures …

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China Reaches the Equivalent of Peak U.S. Energy Imports Dependence

China Reaches the Equivalent of Peak U.S. Energy Imports Dependence

There are 1.3 billion people in China. That is more than 18 percent of the world’s population. Urbanization, city sprawl and greater demand for mobility are all challenges high up in the Chinese growth agenda. The common denominator to all these factors is the upward pressure they put on the …

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