Energy Security

Mozambique: Democracy in Distress

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The peace process involving Mozambique’s rival political factions is at risk of breaking down, with development of its substantial energy resources hanging in the balance.

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.

Chabahar Port Update

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Years removed from an extensive renovation and inaugural shipments, what effect is Chabahar port having on regional trade flows?

FLASH: Saudis Delay Aramco IPO

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When can the Saudi Aramco IPO expected to get off the ground?

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.

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