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International Natural resources and energy

Five political risk factors affecting oil markets in 2014

Predicting oil trends was always a precarious job, and 2014 will not be any different in that regard. But the year ahead could bring developments with longer-term consequences for the

Middle East/North Africa Security

Iraq’s development suffers as ISIS takes control

In December 2013 insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda captured key strategic cities in Iraq’s largest province, Anbar. Iraqi development is certain to suffer from it. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Tensions rise as OPEC countries look to increase production

OPEC’s internal tensions rise as producers like Iran, Iraq and Libya, after years of production below capacity, look to increase output. Still, those increases will not come online for some

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Turkey tightens Kurdistan ties to Baghdad’s chagrin

Kurdistan, the oil-rich semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, will begin selling oil to Turkey despite vocal objections by the Iraqi government over the contracts’ legitimacy. Turkish-Iraqi relations have suffered as

International Security

Key takeaways from U.S Special Ops in Libya and Somalia

The Special Forces raids conducted by the U.S. military over two weeks ago in Libya and Somalia have generated a lot of buzz about the implications they will have for

International Politics

Kurdish peace process key to Turkey’s energy security

The fate of the Kurdish peace process will influence how Ankara interacts with the Kurdish populations of other countries, and may affect Turkey’s ability to procure much needed Kurdish oil.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Interview: High Oil Prices Are Here to Stay

Basim Al-Ahmadi, co-founder of GRI, sat down with Oskar Slingerland, who was an oil industry executive for 25 years and who has worked in all oil sectors from crude supply

Europe Natural resources and energy

Turkey Key to Future European Energy Security

With gas from the Caspian Sea set to move from the Southern Caucasus to Europe through Turkey by 2019, the EU-candidate country is destined to evolve into a more robust

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

The Baghdad-Erbil-Ankara Triangle

Baghdad faces challenges from the Kurdish autonomous region, as development of western oil reserves relies on good relations with Erbil, as well as Ankara. Few can deny the tremendous developmental

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Iraq ten years on: full of potential yet politically unstable

Ten years after the U.S invasion Iraq continues to soldier on. The country has significant potential, yet remains politically unstable. It has been ten years since the U.S. invasion of