Production disruptions, the spread of Islamic State, and two governments hanging on by a fiscal thread – Libya is descending into anarchy. But that hasn't stopped Italy’s Eni and other producers from keeping the oil flowing.
Afghanistan’s vast resource wealth is supposed to take over the reins of economic development when foreign aid dries up. But three of the biggest joint ventures in the country’s mineral and energy sectors suggest that this won’t be the case.
All of South Africa’s political ills are weakening its position at the bargaining table, and may cost it billions in rand in the end.
A confluence of economic opportunity (developing the country’s vast mineral wealth) and political necessity (ensuring a stable Xinjiang) make post-NATO Afghanistan a perfect testing ground for China’s great power aspirations.