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Latin America Natural resources and energy

Pre-salt reserves make Brazil ripe for investment, but risk remains

On October 27, 2017, new auction rounds for the eight pre-salt blocks in Brazil were launched. As the Brazilian government approved a new regulatory framework for the bidding process to allow more investors, 14 foreign companies and two Brazilian entities were qualified to participate in the auction.

International Natural resources and energy

Re-imposing sanctions on Iran: oil market implications

The looming threat of renewed US sanctions on Iran’s oil and gas sector could pull hundreds of thousands of barrels off the market, tightening demand balances and throwing off investment plans.

Latin America Security

Venezuela crisis spills over into Colombia

Colombia’s immigration crisis represents an unprecedented challenge, raising political instability and threatening the peace deal that took decades to achieve. 

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The future of Yamal LNG in the Asia-Pacific market

Claims have been made that Yamal LNG will be directed to the Asian market, however, there are several factors that limit its turn to the Asia-Pacific.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Is Russia’s Middle East endgame trouble for global energy markets?

Russia is playing an increasingly assertive role in the Middle East via its military operations in Syria and its partnership with Saudi Arabia

Finance Latin America

Brazil’s oil industry is back in business

Regulatory changes have been well received by the market and foreign firms are once again willing to invest in Brazil’s energy sector.

Economics Middle East/North Africa Politics Special Reports

Saudi Arabia’s new economy: Too much, too fast?

The risks of Saudi Economy 2.0: challenges of fiscal reform, stewardship of the energy sector, and maintaining a careful social balance.

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Russia’s growing influence in Venezuela is part of a wider strategy

Russia’s investments in Venezuela show that the Kremlin stands ready to make strategic gains from America’s growing insularity.

Guest Post Latin America Politics

Guest Post: Is Venezuela experiencing resistance fatigue?

Food and medicine shortages in Venezuela are growing increasingly severe, inflation levels are rising, and many citizens are struggling to meet their basic needs. Despite these circumstances, Venezuelans continue to

Debate Corner Middle East/North Africa

Is the referendum on Kurdish independence a spark in a powder keg?

GRI Debate: Will the independence referendum in Kurdistan further destabilize Iraq and the region? Kurdish authorities announced on Wednesday that Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favour of a split from Iraq,