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Saudi-Russian deal not a quick fix for the oil crisis
The recent deal struck between Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela to prop up oil prices by freezing production levels at January levels might have a psychological effect on oil...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 20 Feb 16
Who is funding ISIS?
While Al-Qaeda-like groups are relying on donations and convincing Muslim opinion worldwide, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is exploiting both the local population and resources on...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 18 Feb 16
Presenting the five oil exporters most affected by currency devaluation
Devaluation is the word of the day in oil exporting countries. Whether it is the Nigerian naira, the Venezuelan bolívar, or the Russian rouble, low oil prices are wreaking havoc...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 16 Feb 16
Forecasting China’s nuclear industry growth in 2016
Despite appearing poised to miss key nuclear industry goals throughout the majority of 2015, a late-December push from Beijing towards significant expansion suggests that China’s nuclear industry i...
https://globalriskinsights.com:443/ 15 Feb 16
For Nigeria and Angola, the prospect of international loans offers a mixed blessing
With Nigeria and Angola seeking international loans to help ease their oil pain, investors are hoping that any loans will lead to a revision of their worrisome economic policies.  With...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 15 Feb 16
Forecasting China’s nuclear industry growth in 2016
Despite appearing poised to miss key nuclear industry goals throughout the majority of 2015, a late-December push from Beijing towards significant expansion suggests that China’s nuclear industry i...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 15 Feb 16
US LNG reaches out to global markets
With the first LNG export terminal in Sabina Pass, Louisiana now in operation, the US LNG export is becoming a reality, but low oil prices are constraining its future prospects....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 10 Feb 16
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 resour...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 Jan 16
Is China drilling for oil in Vietnamese waters?
China’s Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig is reportedly once again operating in waters contested by Vietnam.  The rig’s return creates a number of risks for investors operating in Vietnam and...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 27 Jan 16
Forecasts for the state of US shale oil
US shale oil transformed global energy markets over the past decade. But as the first wave of excitement over energy windfalls has passed, the grim reality has kicked in with...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 24 Jan 16
How will the Saudi-Iranian conflict affect oil markets?
The recent Saudi-Iranian clash is unlikely to affect oil markets for now, but the redistribution of political power between Saudi Arabia and Iran, along with the US disengagement from the...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 18 Jan 16
East Africa’s pipeline politics in 2016
East Africa’s LAPSSET project remains at the volatile nexus of political and commercial dynamics with its short to medium term success increasingly unlikely. East Africa’s aspirations for economic...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 15 Jan 16
Haiti’s gold problem
Haiti’s hidden gold may hold the key to alleviating its socio-economic issues; however this will be dependent on political stability and the absence of crony capitalism. Haiti is the poorest...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 11 Jan 16
Crude oil prices could detract from short-term security in Nigeria
 An economic slowdown due to a decrease in oil revenues in 2016 could contribute to a deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, causing investor apprehension to rise. This article examines the...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 10 Jan 16
2016: Top five trends in oil markets
The oil industry is facing another tough year ahead. Here are five top trends that will dominate the oil markets in 2016. Oil glut will continue well into 2016 The...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 6 Jan 16
Congressional spending deal boosts US energy security
Abandoning a crude oil exports ban and introducing tax incentives for wind and solar power as part of a Congressional spending deal could become a powerful tool to strengthen the...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 22 Dec 15
The impact of Nepal’s fuel crisis on women and children
The fuel crisis in Nepal is adding more to a Nepali woman’s load, both physically and mentally. Richa Pokhrel, co-founder and editor of the blog Nepali Chhori, provides this guest analysis.  It...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 22 Dec 15
The future of oil production in Iraq
Despite security and financial troubles, Iraq’s crude oil production has grown substantially over the last five years. Moving into 2016, what challenges remain for Iraq’s oil sector? Since 2010, I...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 21 Dec 15
The price war continues, but oil might rise soon
While OPEC decided to continue the price war at its December meeting, the downturn in oil prices might end in 2016, due to rebalancing in global supply and demand. OPEC’s...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 9 Dec 15
The state of the European Energy Union
European Commission plan to make Europe’s energy market more integrated and less dependent on Russia will be stuck in intense negotiations in the next few years. Diverging interests between member...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 7 Dec 15
Morocco will soon have the world’s largest solar power plant
Morocco will soon be known as a solar giant with its world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, providing electricity to 1.1 million Moroccans by 2018. The Moroccan city of Ouarzazte...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 4 Dec 15
Space Act could open door to multi-trillion dollar industry
November 25th 2015 marks a landmark day for space exploration and commerce, as President Obama gives American citizens the right to mine asteroids for rare earth metals and minerals. There...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 4 Dec 15
Book review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything provides a realistic, exceptionally written view of what it will take to avert global climate disaster. When the first European visitors arrived in present-day ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 2 Dec 15
Mozambique free of landmines but extractive sector remains explosive
Extractive sectors face persistent security and political risks which could become increasingly serious as investment floods in, unless effectively managed by investors and the government. On November...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 2 Dec 15
Turkey remains a strategic partner for the West
Turkey may be a better strategic partner than Russia to both the U.S. and Europe. Just as the Western Roman Empire could not survive without access to the riches of its...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 1 Dec 15
The economic impact of climate change in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is expected to face the worst effects of global warming in the next 30 to 50 years. This will have a significant impact on regional economies and livelihoods....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 30 Nov 15
OPEC likely to continue price war
The OPEC’s December meeting might cause more stir than usual, as the period of low oil prices enters its 18th month with no visible signs of changes in sight, and...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 Nov 15
What we can expect from COP21
Following the Paris attacks, the UN’s upcoming Climate Change Conference has been maintained. Commonly described as critical for climate efforts on political agendas, it might be more efficient in r...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 27 Nov 15
Opportunities in China’s nuclear revival
Shifts in the energy industry and commodity markets have meant a consistent decline for the nuclear industry in the West. Recent developments in China however, have signaled that the PRC...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 13 Nov 15
Challenges for Libya’s oil sector
Libya’s oil sector faces a host of challenges. The failure of the Tripoli-based GNC and Tobruk governments to reach a unity peace deal last month is pushing the country into...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 9 Nov 15
Risky Fumes: The coming diesel regulatory shakeup
The VW emission-cheating scandal has drawn a great deal of media attention, sparking public outrage and casting all sorts of doubts about the once promising greener nature of Diesel engines...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 4 Nov 15
Papua New Guinea is falling short of its potential
Falling commodity prices alongside poor political governance have meant that Papa New Guinea, rich in natural resources, is seemingly not fulfilling its potential. Papua New Guinea is one of the...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 1 Nov 15
Lake Turkana: A land of opportunity?
Lake Turkana region in north-west Kenya is attracting significant foreign investment. However, political and security dynamics are sensitive, fragile and complex. Turkana County, an underdeveloped, re...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 31 Oct 15
Russia is creating a global nuclear power empire
Russia is moving to create a global nuclear power empire — a bold power play that elicits opportunity and risk far beyond the nuclear reactors themselves. With its ploys in...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 29 Oct 15
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...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 21 Oct 15
Nigeria’s crude troubles leave oil investors weary
With the formation of the Nigerian government still underway, uncertainty over reforms in the oil industry and macroeconomic mismanagement are making investors increasingly weary amid significant capi...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 20 Oct 15
Growth in renewable energy is slowing, but China still leads the pack
The verdict from the International Energy Agency is in on the medium-term renewables market, and the forecast is mixed. China, however, is still leading the global push for clean energy. ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 13 Oct 15
How long will the US oil export ban last?
As low oil prices continue to put pressure on US producers, the Obama Administration is in no hurry to abolish the 40 year-old oil export ban. Ever since the US...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 1 Oct 15
Egypt’s gas find sets Mediterranean geopolitics on fire
The recent natural gas find in Egypt ensures the country’s energy security, but also alters the energy and geopolitical dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean. Over the past few years, the...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 29 Sep 15
“Supergiant” gas field could transform Egypt’s energy industry
The discovery of a massive natural gas field could take pressure off of Egyptians suffering from a historic energy crisis. But the find throws into question a pending deal with...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 23 Sep 15
Taiwan’s energy security in question
Taiwanese citizens and politicians alike are corralling around ideas likely to bring greater energy insecurity to the small island nation. The prospects of renewable energy present an inkling of promi...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 21 Sep 15
Falling oil prices hurt Russia more than sanctions
As oil prices continue to go south and emerging markets remain in turmoil, Russia is struggling to keep its sanction-affected economy floating. For years, the Russian economy enjoyed stable growth...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 17 Sep 15
Will OPEC change its ways as oil continues to tumble?
Once the indisputable ruler of oil markets, the OPEC cartel is under great pressure to revise its current policy as low oil prices are starting to hurt oil exporters’ economies...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 11 Sep 15
Canada and Russia’s Arctic path to reconciliation
Much attention has been paid to Moscow’s interest in developing the emerging Northern Sea Route that runs the length of the Russian Arctic coast. However, Russia can also benefit from...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 8 Sep 15
Low oil prices fuel political and economic instability
A year after the beginning of the biggest oil price slump in a decade, it is worthwhile to assess the current state of affairs and estimate the costs both for...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 6 Sep 15
Algeria feels squeezed by falling energy prices
With an economy heavily dependent on oil, Algeria has launched a series of measures to secure falling revenues. Within OPEC, Algeria, perhaps more than other of its oil-producing members, is...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 21 Aug 15
Andean investors wary due to lack of standards
Across the Andean region, foreign companies interested in natural resource extraction are clashing with indigenous communities. The main problem is inadequate government legislation concerning appropr...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 20 Aug 15
Egypt’s urgent water problem
The topic on the forefront of discussions in Egypt has focused on the expansion of the Suez Canal and its possible economic benefits. But little attention has been devoted to...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 20 Aug 15
Azerbaijan tensions threaten Europe’s energy plans
Azerbaijan recently garnered media attention as host of the first ever European Games, as well as for the government’s crackdown on journalists and protesters. A security risk not often discussed...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 13 Aug 15
China seeks to secure oil supply in the South China Sea
China’s land reclamation is not just rooted in erecting a military and political presence in the South China Sea, but in its desire to safeguard the security of its petroleum...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 4 Aug 15

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