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Iran is open for business and Switzerland leads the way
As Switzerland lifts its economic sanctions against Iran, Swiss companies lead the way in exploiting new opportunities. But the waters between Iran’s new openness and the West’s suspicions are tr...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 31 Mar 14
Foreign investment in Equatorial Guinea resilient despite corruption
Equatorial Guinea has rich energy reserves, and despite corruption and political instability foreign investment has continued. Proposed plans to diversify the economy could create new investment op...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 30 Mar 14
Lack of energy sector reform holds back Russian economy
Russia remains a leading worldwide energy exporter, but its energy sector remains a laggard in desperate need of modernization. Governmental corruption and a restricted domestic market both stand in t...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Mar 14
India balances energy relationship with the Middle East
As India’s demand for energy and investment continues to increase, the Republic must strike a careful balance in its relationships with its many Middle Eastern trading partners. With over 1.2...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 16 Mar 14
Energy sector strongly affected by Ukraine crisis
With events rapidly unfolding, energy comes to the forefront in the East-West conflict over Ukraine.  The past weeks in Ukraine have once again shown a close correlation between extreme political...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 15 Mar 14
Arctic extraction sees huge potential, high risks
Massive petroleum and mineral reserves in the Arctic region are gradually becoming accessible due to climate change. However, companies face high risks as a result of large investment and operational...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 6 Mar 14
Pipeline to Turkey intensifies dispute over Iraqi oil
Tension between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi central government once again escalated as a new pipeline links oil fields in Northern Iraq directly to Turkey. Turkey has...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 1 Mar 14
California drought threatens food security
Food availability, affordability and quality drive food security problems in the world. The drought in California threatens to exacerbate food security problems in all three issue areas. The state of...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Feb 14
Russia is eyeing China to expand energy ties with Asia
As Europe aims to diversify its energy sources, Russia is looking to the East to develop links with the more energy-prospective Asian markets. In June 2013, Russia’s oil giant Rosneft...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 24 Feb 14
New rules for Indonesia’s mining sector see exports static
Indonesia has placed an export ban on mined ore to encourage local processing. The regulatory changes have been met with resistance from international mining companies, and investor confidence in Ind...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 20 Feb 14
ICJ grants Peru more ocean, maintains Chilean fishing grounds in ruling
On January 27th 2014, the International Court of Justice compromised in determining the maritime boundary between Peru and Chile, granting rights to key fishing stocks. Ruling on a case filed...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 15 Feb 14
Western energy companies to re-enter Iran’s oil and gas sector
The interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme with the international community began on January 20, and Iran has  taken steps to attract foreign investments in its neglected oil and gas...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 9 Feb 14
Iran’s return prompts change to Saudi Arabia’s energy strategy
The Iranian nuclear deal poses a major threat to Saudi Arabia’s influence over both the GCC and OPEC, as Gulf nations reestablish relations with Iran. As a result, Saudi has...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 5 Feb 14
Despite India’s uncertain economy, solar energy is a good bet
While things seem to have turned around in the last couple of months, in 2013 India’s economy grew at its slowest rate – around 5% – in over a decade. However,...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 3 Feb 14
Peru’s informal mining sector threatens economic growth
Peru faces the critical challenge of regulating the informal mining sector. Leaning on the extractive industries for private investment, the rise of an extrajudicial gold rush could jeopardize econom...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 2 Feb 14
Sustainability fears drive water pipeline in the Gulf
Representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states met recently in Kuwait to discuss the construction of a new pipeline in the region. At a projected cost of $10.5 billion for...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 Jan 14
Investment in carbon industry increasingly exposed to environmental risks
Ignoring environment-related risks could trigger the next financial crisis. Oil companies and other carbon industry investors are exposed to some $7 bn in liabilities as a result of investing in “s...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 24 Jan 14
Five political risk factors affecting oil markets in 2014
Predicting oil trends was always a precarious job, and 2014 will not be any different in that regard. But the year ahead could bring developments with longer-term consequences for the...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 22 Jan 14
China’s territorial sovereignty dispute is all about energy
China seeks energy security through its territorial claim to the possibly ‘natural resource rich’ areas of the South China Sea, jeopardising diplomatic relations with the remaining five countries,...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 22 Jan 14
Shale boom prompts calls for expanded US oil and gas exports
As US energy production increases from newly tapped shale resources, powerful voices are calling for a reexamination of the limitation on US crude exports and for a faster process permitting exports...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 15 Jan 14
Oil privatisation central to Mexico’s economic overhaul
In an act that was met with mixed views by its public, Mexico’s nationalised oil sector has been opened for private investment for the first time in 75 years. In...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 14 Jan 14
Oil glut could pose risk for U.S. shale oil revolution
With oil production reaching a historic peak, the U.S. may have to reconsider its 40-year-old ban on oil exports. The year 2014 could pose a milestone for the U.S. oil...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 12 Jan 14
Has India lost the bid for Sri Lanka’s hydrocarbons?
There have been signs of natural gas and oil reserves off the coast of Sri Lanka since the 1970s. However, a prolonged, bloody civil war lead to a halt in...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 29 Dec 13
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...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 23 Dec 13
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’...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 15 Dec 13
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 larges...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 14 Dec 13
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 throughou...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 6 Dec 13
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 relat...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 4 Dec 13
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...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 Nov 13
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 ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 25 Nov 13
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...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 11 Nov 13
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 ...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 6 Nov 13
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...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 3 Nov 13
UK is reviving nuclear energy in Europe with higher costs
The British government recently made a deal with French-owned EDF, Arriva and Chinese investors to continue with the development of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset. This represents...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 1 Nov 13
South Africa pins hopes of economic boost on fracking
Fracking in the Karoo region may offer a much-needed revitalisation of the South African economy, despite public protests against exploration and extraction. Benefits are likely to offset environmenta...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 Oct 13
Baltic dependence on Russian gas about to end
At the moment, European energy markets are heavily dependent on Russian supplies. This is especially true of the countries with direct land borders to the big bear, including Finland and...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 19 Oct 13
Forget finance: Agribusiness risks could reap greater rewards
The agribusiness sector offers investors greater risks and rewards than the financial sector: take a look for yourself. Imagine a decentralized global industry, historically important to the political...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 18 Oct 13
Risky Business: Addressing Agriculture Supply Chains
A study published in 2011 by The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City stated: Strong global food demand and robust biofuels markets have strained the current production capabilities of global...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 11 Oct 13
Libya Has 99 Problems, and Oil is Still One
Post-Gaddafi Libya continues to struggle as militias block government access to vital oil fields, with spending and stability both taking a hit as a result. Nearly a month after oilfield...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 10 Oct 13
Oil Theft is a Black Spot on Nigeria’s Economy
As a major oil producer, Nigeria faces a serious problem with oil theft, as thieves siphon off oil from poorly maintained and under-guarded pipelines. A report released last month by...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 8 Oct 13
Miliband’s Energy Price Freeze Lacks Long-Term Strategy
Labour leader Ed Miliband has decided to start a war with British energy suppliers, announcing major changes in the UK’s energy sector regulation if Labour wins the 2015 general elections....
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 7 Oct 13
China Moves on Arctic Resource Potential
China hopes to utilize its growing economic clout and new Arctic council observer status to push for greater polar influence. This year, the Arctic Council admitted six new nations as...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 30 Sep 13
Saudi Arabia’s record output fails to ease shortage fears
As a number of OPEC countries face stagnant or falling production and oil prices creep steadily upwards, the question of whether Saudi Arabia can offset further shortages is more pressing...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 28 Sep 13
Is hydropower the key to Georgia’s economic future?
Georgia seeks to capitalize on potential hydro-power reserves to increase local production and potentially become an energy exporter. In May, India’s Tata Power agreed to invest in two hydroelectric...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 27 Sep 13
Lithuania seeks energy Independence
Following Russian threats, Lithuania is seeking to pursue energy independence, as its current energy imports firmly in Moscow’s hands. The Russian Federation has been in the headlines as of late...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 26 Sep 13
Debate Over U.S. Natural Gas Exports Heats Up
The consequences of the shale gas and oil energy revolution in the United States have had a great impact on the U.S. industry and economy. The benefits are by now...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 24 Sep 13
Syria’s Civil War Has Environmental Origins
The environmental causes of Syria’s civil war are often overlooked by commentary on the conflict: join GRI as we dive into the issue. In the middle of a bloody conflict,...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 23 Sep 13
Greenland’s Energy Slowly Reveals Itself
One of the most visible effects of global climate change in recent years, is the thawing of Arctic ice, which could have particularly disastrous consequences by raising global sea levels or...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 17 Sep 13
Turkey Key to Future European Energy Security
With gas from the Caspian Sea set to move from the Southern Caucasus to Europe through Turkey by 2019, the EU-candidate country is destined to evolve into a more robust...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 15 Sep 13
Energy Prices Drive Inflation in Japan
Japan’s efforts to increase inflation are getting a boost from energy prices, yet overall inflation rates continue to be below government targets of 2%. Inflation up Japanese consumer prices increas...
http://globalriskinsights.com/ 14 Sep 13

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