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Ihab shaarawy

  • Afghanistan Crisis Tremors to Be Felt in Energy Markets
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    Afghanistan Crisis Tremors to Be Felt in Energy Markets

    Wednesday, 6th October 2021

    With the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan after a chaotic and tragic US withdrawal, images of civilians fighting desperately to board planes leaving the airport raised questions about the future waiting for the Afghan people after the return of the radicals to rule the country.

  • No Time to Waste as Un Report Signals Code Red for Humanity
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    No Time to Waste as Un Report Signals Code Red for Humanity

    Tuesday, 7th September 2021

    Anew landmark UN report warned this month that human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and, in many cases, irreversible ways.

  • Growing Economic Rivalry Puts Saudi-UAE Alliance To Test
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    Growing Economic Rivalry Puts Saudi-UAE Alliance To Test

    Tuesday, 3rd August 2021

    The OPEC this month was on the verge of a new crisis similar to the one that jeopardized oil markets a year ago when a disagreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia over proposed oil-production cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic led to a war of prices where oil value fell more than 60%.

  • Energy Transition Reshapes Global Power Dynamics
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    Energy Transition Reshapes Global Power Dynamics

    Thursday, 8th July 2021

    Throughout human history, energy transitions have always represented turning points that led to deep geopolitical consequences. The shift from wood to coal for example was the locomotive for capitalism and the imperial ambitions of colonial powers in18th century.

  • Carbon Border Taxes: Environmental Action or Trade-War Monger
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    Carbon Border Taxes: Environmental Action or Trade-War Monger

    Thursday, 3rd June 2021

    The European Union (EU) is poised to unveil a range of new policy measures that are expected to help the bloc reach its ambitious emissions 2030 targets. The new measures will include new targets for renewable energy, changes to tax rules to ensure that electricity does not face higher charges than oil and gas, and a new carbon border adjustment mechanism, or what is known as a new carbon border tax.

  • Seeking A Way Out of Yemen Dilemma
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    Seeking A Way Out of Yemen Dilemma

    Monday, 19th April 2021

    International benchmark Brent crude futures jumped above $70 for the first time in nearly two years after Saudi oil facilities were targeted by missiles and drones on March 8. The attack was one of the recently renewed attacks by Yemen's rebel Houthi movement that used to launch missile attacks on Saudi Arabia infrastructure and territory, including oil tankers and facilities and international airports, in response to Saudi intervention to restore Yemen’s internationally-recognized government.

  • Biden Environment Agendacould Bring A Wave Of Policy Shifts
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    Biden Environment Agendacould Bring A Wave Of Policy Shifts

    Wednesday, 17th March 2021

    The attack on fossil fuel by the John Biden administration is going faster and further than expectations.
    The new Democrat president did not only honor his promise to rejoin the Paris climate pact, but he also committed to aggressive carbon cut, suspended new oil and gas leases on public lands, seeking to end fossil-fuel subsidies and even directing federal agencies to purchase electric cars.

  • Biden’s Environment Agenda Tests Oil Industry’s Solidity
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    Biden’s Environment Agenda Tests Oil Industry’s Solidity

    Tuesday, 16th February 2021

    Just hours after his inauguration ceremony, the new US President issued a series of executive orders reversing hallmark policies of the Trump administration.
    One of these policies that has been in the line of fire since day 1, is Trump’s oil legacy. Within hours of becoming president, Joe Biden signed an executive order to return to the global Paris Agreement on tackling climate change. It is the agreement that was abandoned by the Trump administration, which had largely been a champion of the oil industry and wanted to advance oil projects to achieve US energy independence.

  • What Makes 2020 A Year Like No Other
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    What Makes 2020 A Year Like No Other

    Wednesday, 13th January 2021

    With the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 brought challenges that no one was prepared for, changing the way we live, dominating political scenes, and sending shock waves across the world markets.

  • Egypt, Iraq Partnership Lays Ducts for Prosperity
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    Egypt, Iraq Partnership Lays Ducts for Prosperity

    Monday, 7th December 2020

    The historic deep-rooted relations between Egypt and Iraq have gained new momentum with the convening of the Egyptian-Iraqi Higher Committee in Baghdad last month. During the meeting, which was chaired by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, the two countries have reportedly reached a preliminary consensus to establish an oil-for-reconstruction mechanism.

  • Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Threatens Wider War, Jeopardizes Energy Corridor
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    Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Threatens Wider War, Jeopardizes Energy Corridor

    Wednesday, 4th November 2020

    One of the most complicated decades-long world conflicts was revived when fights erupted again between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the mountainous enclave late in September. Hopes of ending the bloodshed in Nagorno-Karabakh looked slim last month as several brokered ceasefires failed to halt the worst fighting in the South Caucasus since the 1990s. The new wave of fighting is not only threatening to spiral into regional war, but also threatening an important energy corridor.

  • Eastern Mediterranean Venue for Prosperity, Not for Dangerous Games
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    Eastern Mediterranean Venue for Prosperity, Not for Dangerous Games

    Tuesday, 6th October 2020

    The hydrocarbon resources of the Eastern Mediterranean region have greatly increased in importance in recent years. The new natural gas discoveries can have a significant impact on the politics of global energy security.

  • Oil Politics Fueling Libya’s Conflict
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    Oil Politics Fueling Libya’s Conflict

    Monday, 7th September 2020

    After a year of escalating violence, Libya's rival authorities have announced an immediate ceasefire on August 21. The long-awaited truce calls for elections in March 2021 and for talks to demilitarize Sirte, which could avert Turkish-Egyptian clash over the strategic city.

  • Coronavirus Tests Cohesion of Old Alliances
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    Coronavirus Tests Cohesion of Old Alliances

    Monday, 10th August 2020

    The coronavirus has created a global, political, societal, economic and commercial crisis. The crisis not only can be seen as a disruptive period of uncertainty and danger, but also can be seen as a defining moment for the world order and the alliances that have been shaping that order for a long time.

  • A New Cold War, or an Election Ploy?
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    A New Cold War, or an Election Ploy?

    Thursday, 9th July 2020

    As the world struggles to contain consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, an escalating trade war rhetoric between the US and China seems to add insult to injury for the global economy.
    The new escalation began with a trade of accusations between US President Donald Trump and China over the coronavirus where the US president said he was very disappointed with China’s failure to contain COVID-19, explaining that the pandemic had cast a pall over his January trade deal with Beijing and that he had no interest in speaking to President Xi Jinping at the moment.

  • When A Virus Becomes A Political Tool
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    When A Virus Becomes A Political Tool

    Thursday, 11th June 2020

    The new coronavirus pandemic has spawned a serious public health crisis, devastated economies and changed social norms around the world. However, the danger of evolving it into a weapon that can be wielded in political conflicts may be the last thing the world needs today.

  • Coronavirus Haunts Global Economy, Dampens Oil & Gas Prospects: Part II
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    Coronavirus Haunts Global Economy, Dampens Oil & Gas Prospects: Part II

    Monday, 6th April 2020

    In nearly three months, the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 was able to confine a third of humanity to their homes. By the end of March, the disease spread to nearly 200 countries and territories with the global infection toll surpassing 500,000 and more than 25,000 deaths.