Energy Security

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.

Reserve Judgment: Arbitrating Energy Disputes in Africa

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From new bilateral investment treaties to the rise of regional arbitration centers, the rules of the game for African foreign investment are changing – and investors need to change with them.

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.

How Iraq Is Helping Iran Survive US Sanctions

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Baghdad, Iraq, May 7, 2019., cc Flickr US Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

There seems little Washington can do to prevent Iraq becoming a key Iranian trading partner and energy customer.

New Allegations Risk Undermining Senegal’s Fight against Corruption

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Alleged improprieties unearthed by the BBC might be a case of doing more harm than good.

IMF Surprises with Saudi Deficit Projections

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Should the Saudi government be worried about its growing budget deficit?

US-Iran Tensions: Saudi Sabotage Rattles Oil Markets

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Two instances of sabotage on Saudi oil infrastructure suggest the possibility of Iranian blowback from mounting tensions with the United States.

South Africa’s Energy Conundrum

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President Ramaphosa inherited a dire national energy outlook, but one that’s not without its own opportunities.

Glacier Watch: China-Kazakhstan Water Conflict and the Lake Balkhash Basin

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Glacier shrinkage in the Lake Balkhash basin is set to exacerbate water shortages in an already arid part of the world, creating a potential water conflict between China and Kazakhstan.

Africa Looks to China and Beyond for Its Energy Development

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A developing Africa needs an energy policy that works with several external partners and reconciles industrial progress with environmental sustainability.

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