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EU divisions and US sanctions to delay Nord Stream 2

Under pressure from US sanctions, legislation in Denmark, and weakening support in Germany, Nord Stream 2 will likely be significantly delayed.

International Natural resources and energy

How the drive for North American energy independence could save NAFTA

The energy sector has frequently been cited as a potential area of agreement and cooperation that would bolster NAFTA in the long-term.

Europe Natural resources and energy

Sanctions aren’t stopping Russia’s LNG ambitions

Despite the US and EU sanctions in the energy sector, new LNG projects continue to flourish in Russia.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy Security

Risk of US-China showdown hangs over South China Sea

While all eyes are on North Korea, the shadow of a more traditional big-power conflict between the United States and China hangs over the South China Sea.

Economics Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia Special Reports

Special Report: Grasberg mine talks signal Indonesia’s strengthening resolve

Despite issues concerning the Indonesian government’s divestment plans for Papua’s Grasberg mine, there are growing signs that Indonesia will get its way.

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Russia’s growing influence in Venezuela is part of a wider strategy

Russia’s investments in Venezuela show that the Kremlin stands ready to make strategic gains from America’s growing insularity.

International Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy Politics Security

Referendum in Kurdistan: A risky gamble in a volatile region

Nearly 93% of eligible voters in Kurdistan have cast their ballot in favour of independence. Although technically the referendum is non-binding, it does represent a new and potentially dangerous phase

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Water wars: China’s new weapon against India

With border tensions continuing near Pangong Lake, China has fashioned a powerful weapon in the form of water to undermine Indian territory.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

The slow recovery of Libya’s oil industry

While forecasts suggest that production could reach 1.25 million barrels per day by the end of the year, several factors could affect the revival of the oil industry.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

The struggle for Kurdistan’s oil: Past, present and future

On Monday, September 25, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan will hold an independence referendum. Although the vote will not trigger any immediate change to the nature of the Kurdish sovereignty