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Shale Oil Changes International Energy Trade

At the onset of the global financial crisis in the summer of 2008, with oil prices hitting $147 per barrel, no political or energy analyst considered shale oil as an

International Natural resources and energy

Nuclear Power Opportunities Move East

A birds-eye look at the nuclear power industry in 2013 reveals a depressing picture. Early in the 2000s, thanks to a combination of rising fossil fuel prices and a lack

Europe Natural resources and energy

Shale Gas is the New Kid in Town

In the last several years the shale oil and gas revolution has changed the energy sector in the United States and will transform the country from an importer to an

Europe Natural resources and energy

Algeria Restores Hope for EU Energy Security

As one of the most resource-rich nations in the Mediterranean region, Algeria has long been identified as a strategic energy partner by European Union policymakers. Reflecting this vision, the development

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Nile Dilemma Between Development and Water Security

Over the last few weeks, the waves of dispute have been disturbing the otherwise calm waters of the Nile river. Ethiopia, one of the source countries of the river, has

International Natural resources and energy

The Case Against Self-Regulation in Extractive Industries

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of international social issues and are demanding more responsible businesses. A model that is often discussed as an example of successful industry regulation is the

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Japanese Investment Breaks South Sudan Oil Deadlock

Without oil, the only major source of revenue for South Sudan, the country would be essentially bankrupt. Fortunately, Japanese investment is changing that. Africa’s vast natural resource wealth offers obvious

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Central Asian pipelines inhibit prosperity

Pipelines density in Central Asia create concentrated economies thus allowing autocratic government greater control and longevity. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Central Asia experienced limited progress and relative

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Shale Oil is Key to Jordan’s Energy Future

Jordan plans to have electricity from shale oil make up 14 percent of energy demand by 2020. Recent developments indicate that Jordan is moving closer to making this vision a

Natural resources and energy North America

Canada’s Tar Sand Foreign Policy Stifles Manufacturing

Canada’s  over-reliance on raw commodity exports, notably the tar sands, has weakened its economy and stifled a struggling manufacturing sector. In the past few years Canada’s foreign policy has shifted