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Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Environmental protests challenge Algeria fracking

Algeria is home to world’s third largest shale deposits behind China and Afghanistan. If exploited, shale gas could provide an important boost to its energy exports. A new project to

Middle East/North Africa Security

Islamist militias take key oil fields in Libya

Libya goes from bad to worse and approaches failed state status. The implications could be far-reaching. Bad news out of Libya has become the norm since the ousting of Muammar

Middle East/North Africa Security

Islamic State in Libya targets foreign assets and personnel

Islamic State (IS) is expanding its focus to Libya, with an emphasis on targeting foreigners and foreign assets. As a consequence of the attack led by Sunni extremist fighters against the

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Yemen follow in the footsteps of Libya and Syria?

Yemen has been thrown into turmoil in recent months. Its continued existence as a unified state is increasingly called into question. In the middle of a difficult political transition since

International Natural resources and energy

Oil sector expected to reduce investment in new projects

Despite the overall benefits for the global economy, the prolonged period of low oil prices is likely to reduce investment in new oil projects, raising the potential for economic and political

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Amid chaos, Libya risks losing greatest trading partner

The power struggle in Libya poses a great risk to Italian investment in the war-torn country, as thousands of migrants flee to Italy’s southern shores. Decades-old oil vessels, once a

International Natural resources and energy

Oil outlook for 2015

“Best two days in 3 years,” read a headline closing the final week before Christmas, an early gift for US equity traders – tonic enough for most to wash down the

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Expected ECB QE programme will require some fine-tuning. Russia’s credit rating takes a hit as its economy weakens further. Iran may face new sets of US sanctions as newest round of talks begin, and

Economics Middle East/North Africa

With new president, Tunisia hopes for economic stability

Almost four years after the popular uprising that ousted longtime autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisians completed their formal transition to democracy this month with the election of their first

International Natural resources and energy

Cutting oil production will not solve OPEC’s problems

As oil prices continue to fall, OPEC faces a dilemma at its meeting in Vienna on 27 November. Members must decide between decreasing production that will support the oil prices but