Energy Security

With Aramco IPO, Riyadh Doubles Down on Economic Diversification

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But geopolitics could get in the way of MBS’ reform program for the Saudi economy.

Saudi Arabia Oil Attack a Geopolitical Game-changer in the Middle East

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Riyadh’s evident vulnerability will lead to a search for new regional allies, and Israel is a surprising possible candidate.

Fallout from Saudi Oil Facility Attack

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Appraising the geopolitical and market fallout from the mysterious attack on Saudi oil facilities earlier this month.

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

Privatization: A Panacea for the South Africa Economy?

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Privatization is often cited as a cure-all for South Africa’s lumbering state-owned sector. But any progress will be slow given the entrenched interests involved.

The Cyprus Issue and Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean

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New natural gas discoveries have left a divided Cyprus in the middle of a worsening geopolitical storm in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

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In opening its doors to foreign investors, an independence-minded Greenland could be ushering in a new era of geopolitical competition in the Arctic.

Senegal Surfs Offshore Winds to Power West Africa

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By developing renewable energy sources in a transparent manner, Senegal is positioning itself as an energy leader in West Africa.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

US-China Trade War and Iranian Oil: Market Disruptions Ahead?

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Risks are mounting on both the supply and demand side of global oil markets.

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