Venezuela in Focus: Energy Industry

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Any prospect of wider economic renewal in Venezuela starts and ends with its energy industry.

What Does Rosneft Have Planned for Venezuela’s PDVSA?

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There appears to be some kind of alliance between the energy giants in the works, but the extent and legal details remain murky.

Don’t Play Maduro’s Game

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The world has changed over the past 50 years. It’s time for US foreign policy to change with it.

Great Power Politics Comes to Venezuela

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The Kremlin will be looking to duplicate its recent Syrian success by propping up the Maduro regime in Venezuela. But just like with Bashar al-Assad, support comes at a price.

Venezuela Crisis: Energy Market Impact

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The diplomatic showdown between the United States and Venezuela will resonate in global oil prices, but not nearly as much as it might have in previous years.

China, Russia Stand to Lose in Fall of the Maduro Regime


Russia and China have been the Maduro regime’s most important financial backers. Now both stand to lose if the Venezuelan opposition takes power.

Global Forecast (05-28-2018)


Another attempt at Taliban talks in Afghanistan, Venezuela’s oil industry struggles to fulfil its contracts, and Turkey secures a YPG pullout from Manbij.

Bellicose Rhetoric & Brutal Sanctions Not the Way to Help Venezuela

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Did President Trump’s hard line against Venezuela inadvertently help re-elect Maduro?

The Military Steps in at Venezuela’s PDVSA

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Mismanagement in Venezuela’s oil industry will only get worse as career officials are replaced en masse with military figures.

PDVSA Struggles to Keep Venezuela Solvent

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Is the Venezuelan government’s money tree withering at the root?

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