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Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Why energy reforms are Algeria’s biggest challenge yet

Algeria has begun a series of energy reforms that have provoked deep social unrest in one of the last bastions of stability in North Africa.

International Natural resources and energy Outlook for 2017

2017 Preview: Russia takes aim at China

Russia and China have appeared to edge closer together of late, yet Kremlin-backed deals from Rosneft are countering China. This trend will accelerate as Trump comes into office and the

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Algeria’s energy outlook for 2016: Do security risks trump investment opportunities?

Algeria’s state-owned hydrocarbon firm has endured recent policy adjustments that now provide foreign investors with new opportunities. But increasing energy insecurity threatens to nullify the potential for gain. In the

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Russia and China continue to forge energy ties

The Russian pivot to Asia continues with a $2.2. billion deal between energy giant Gazprom and the Chinese National Bank. The loan will help the Russian natural gas monopolist to

Economics South and Central Asia

Falling oil prices raise concerns over Azerbaijan stability

The ongoing fall of oil prices leaves the Azerbaijani economy exposed to structural issues, increasing the risk of social unrest linked to current hardships. Since December 2015, the Azerbaijani economy has

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Crude oil prices could detract from short-term security in Nigeria

 An economic slowdown due to a decrease in oil revenues in 2016 could contribute to a deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, causing investor apprehension to rise. This article examines the

Europe Natural resources and energy

The state of the European Energy Union

European Commission plan to make Europe’s energy market more integrated and less dependent on Russia will be stuck in intense negotiations in the next few years. Diverging interests between member

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Mozambique free of landmines but extractive sector remains explosive

Extractive sectors face persistent security and political risks which could become increasingly serious as investment floods in, unless effectively managed by investors and the government. On November 16, 2015, it

International Natural resources and energy

Risky Fumes: The coming diesel regulatory shakeup

The VW emission-cheating scandal has drawn a great deal of media attention, sparking public outrage and casting all sorts of doubts about the once promising greener nature of Diesel engines

Europe Natural resources and energy

Three trends in Russia’s oil and gas

The status of Russian oil and gas is a factor near the core of many of the world’s most wide-reaching risks and opportunities. Here are three trends set to shape