Geopolitics / International

Could Venezuela Become Latin America’s Afghanistan?

Aug 25, 2021 at 11:43 | Matthew Smith

The Biden administration, along with U.S. intelligence and military agencies, was stunned by the gains made by the Taliban which saw them seize the Afghan capital Kabul and…

Middle East Security Concerns Could Threaten The Global Economy

Aug 25, 2021 at 11:40 | RFE/RL staff

There was recently an attack on the Mercer Street vessel belonging to an Israeli billionaire, with Iran being blamed for the incident. These kinds of attacks have been…

The U.S. Isn’t Done With Its Fight Against Nord Stream 2 Just Yet

Aug 23, 2021 at 10:18 | ZeroHedge

On Friday, the Biden administration announced new sanctions against one Russian ship and two Russian individuals involved in the Nord Stream 2 natural…

Iran’s Huge Caspian Gas Find Is A Geopolitical Gamechanger

Aug 19, 2021 at 10:33 | Simon Watkins

Iran last week revealed a huge new gas deposit located in the Iranian sector of the Caspian Sea. The ‘Chalous’ structure is to be developed with the intention…

Why An Oil Deal Between Kurdistan And Baghdad Is Unlikely

Aug 12, 2021 at 10:57 | Simon Watkins

The recent transfer of IQD200 billion (US$137 million) from the Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad to the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan’s government (KRG) in Erbil raised…

A Major Rift Remains Within OPEC

Aug 11, 2021 at 10:21 | Vanand Meliksetian

Conflicts and major disagreements within OPEC usually go unnoticed as member states use consultation and decision-making mechanisms that prevent a public mess. The UAE’s recent decision to do…

Will Extensive Vaccination Programs Help GCC Nations Return To Normal?

Aug 06, 2021 at 13:11 | Oxford Business Group

With schools, businesses and borders re-opening across much of the region, several GCC countries are beginning to resume pre-pandemic levels of activity. Does this mark the start of…

Russia’s Mediterranean Pivot Will Come At A Cost

Jul 30, 2021 at 15:29 | Vanand Meliksetian

The overwhelming majority of Russia’s population lives in the western regions near the border with Europe and the Black Sea. Cultural and economic ties with Mediterranean countries have…

The Case For Washington To Remove Sanctions On Venezuela

Jul 27, 2021 at 14:05 | Matthew Smith

By the 1990s, founding OPEC member Venezuela had become a true petroleum power pumping over two million barrels of crude oil per day. This saw the Latin American…

U.S. Threatens Iran With New Sanctions If A Nuclear Deal Is Not Reached

Jul 21, 2021 at 09:43 | Felicity Bradstock

After six months of President Biden in office, and repeatedly dashed hopes at a nuclear deal with Iran, failing to come to an agreement means instead of lifting…

The Real Reason OPEC Talks Broke Down

Jul 07, 2021 at 11:56 | Cyril Widdershoven

Major cracks appear to be forming in the OPEC+ alliance. After several years of unprecedented cooperation between OPEC members and non-OPEC producers, the growing regional economic and power…

What Are The Implications Of Russia’s Renewed Space Ambitions?

Jul 02, 2021 at 14:16 | Global Risk Insights

The ISS was created in 1998 and involved cooperation from Russia, the US, Japan, Canada and those countries that formed the European Space Agency. Since…

Iraq Uses Controversial Oil Deal To ‘Secure Funding’ From Washington

Jun 30, 2021 at 11:37 | Simon Watkins

At June’s G7 meeting, U.S. President, Joe Biden, received the backing of the world’s seven largest advanced economies (comprised of the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Canada,…

Can The U.S. And China Compromise On Climate Change?

Jun 30, 2021 at 11:30 | Global Risk Insights

Following a joint statement with China addressing the climate crisis on April 17th, the US submitted a new ‘nationally determined contribution’ (NDC) at the virtual summit led by…

Iran Is Increasingly Likely To Accept A New Nuclear Deal

Jun 28, 2021 at 13:40 | Simon Watkins

A number of false assumptions have continued to cloud the coverage of the ongoing re-negotiation between the U.S. and Iran of a new iteration of the Joint Comprehensive…

Why Did Iraq Pull The Plug On Its $2 Billion Oil Deal With China?

Jun 25, 2021 at 12:29 | Felicity Bradstock

Just when it looked like Iraq was becoming a regional leader it decided to halt a $2 billion pre-paid oil supply deal with Chinas state-owned Zhenhua Oil Co.…

U.S., France Warn Iran Not To Draw Out Nuclear Talks

Jun 25, 2021 at 11:47 | RFE/RL staff

  The United States and France have warned Iran not to draw out nuclear talks, a day after an interim agreement for the UN nuclear watchdog to monitor…

Clean Power Push Set To Upend The Geopolitics Of Energy

May 25, 2021 at 15:46 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The global push for clean power generation and increased electrification in transportation is creating a new world order in energy where new winners and losers may emerge. If the world…

Fighting Continues In Yemen Amid Secret Ceasefire Talks

Apr 23, 2021 at 10:53 | Editorial Dept

Geopolitics Fighting continues to intensify around Yemen’s Marib province, the Saudi-backed Yemeni government’s last remaining stronghold. The Saudi-proposed ceasefire is still not being accepted by the Iranian-backed Houthis, though secret…

Why A New Nuclear Deal With Iran Looks Unlikely

Feb 05, 2021 at 13:49 | Simon Watkins

A key complicating factor in the ‘if and when’ conjecture over the U.S. and Iran re-opening talks on the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in light of the new…

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