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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

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Argentina’s nationalized oil company may plague finances

A new deal between the Argentina and Repsol, a Spanish multinational oil and gas company, will mark a new era for Argentinian state finances. It also introduces an important question: will Repsol’s

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

India moves on long-term plans for Arctic investment

This year, India experienced economic turmoil that highlighted several obstacles to long-term growth. The rupee crash and slowed economic growth have led some to question whether the world’s largest democracy can

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Laos’ Mekong dam construction threatens food security

With a reported 60 million people dependent on the Mekong River’s ecological environment, the Lao government’s decision to build a new dam in the Don Sahong area is ringing alarm bells throughout

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

Europe Natural resources and energy

Cutting green taxes won’t fix the UK’s energy cost problems

Some of the UK’s green taxes are likely to be cut soon, but renewable energy may be the surprising beneficiary of the move. After two months of formulating a response

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Despite reform, Brazil and Mexico lack energy investments

Latin America is endowed with significant oil and natural gas reserves, which until recently offered little opportunity for private investment. However, new reforms and the expansion of the renewable energy

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Qatar state development model holds potentail and risk

Qatar is one of the world’s smallest states, but it also has one of the largest gas reserves. Small and wealthy, Qatar’s policies have echoed elsewhere. Is it a guide

International Natural resources and energy

Russia plans to win the Arctic race

Russia’s behavior in the Arctic reveals a strong prioritization of national economy and energy security at the expense of environmental sustainability. This behavior has an important effect on the region, to

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The shale gas revolution is about to hit China

Shale gas extraction shows promising signs in China. The current 5-year plan aims to produce 60-100 billion cubic meters by 2020, so look for a more cohesive Chinese approach to