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Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

3 reasons why Saudi Arabia will keep oil prices low

Despite a tentative agreement struck last week to freeze oil production, Saudi Arabia is likely to keep oil prices low for the foreseeable future. Last week Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar,

Europe Politics

Political developments in Ukraine raise risk of instability

Recent developments do not bode well for Ukraine’s political stability and conflict resolution efforts. Following an ease of violence lasting several months, fighting has once again shot up in eastern

International Natural resources and energy

Russia’s long-game in Antarctica runs political risk

Recent signals out of Moscow suggest the increasing consideration of Antarctica in Russia’s broader strategic vision, a destabilizing trend that risks triggering militarized competition among resource-seeking nations in a thus

International Security

Opinion: Putin’s political calculus in Syria harms Russian interests

In precluding cooperation with NATO in the pursuit of a number of narrow and limited benefits, Putin is missing the greater benefits of what Russia could achieve by working with,

Middle East/North Africa Security

Are Turkey and Russia headed for confrontation?

Turkey shoots down a Russian fighter jet. Sam Leonard explores what this means for the future of Turkish-Russian relations in this GRI Guest Post.  The news this morning that Turkey

Economics Latin America

US watches as Cuba and Russia strengthen economic ties

The last few weeks have seen marked escalations of business ties between Russia and Cuba. The US is watching this very closely. What can we expect, diplomatically and economically, as

Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Hollande makes case for alliance. Fed close to rate hike. Nigeria sets rates. Brazil makes major energy sale. Americans ready for biggest shopping day of the year. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. French

Europe Security

Will NATO trigger a war with Russia?

Heads of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are considering sending 4,000 ground troops in to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as a response to Russia’s actions in the Crimea

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

International Natural resources and energy

Is Power of Siberia a pipeline of the future?

The Power of Siberia pipeline is a 4,000 km natural gas pipeline. Upon its expected completion in 2019, it will be the largest fuel network in the world and fully