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  • Afghanistan Crisis Tremors to Be Felt in Energy Markets

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Climate Crisis: A Wild Card in Us-China Relations

    Climate Crisis: A Wild Card in Us-China Relations

    Monday, 10th May 2021

    The US and China, two of the most economically powerful countries in the world, have been going head to head over the years. Under the Trump administration, the US-China ties have been greatly impaired on many fronts, however, now under the recently-elected US President Joe Biden's administration, both sides came back to the table for discussions on the climate issue, which raises the questions if a joint climate action can bring back the relations to normal or rather deepen the tension and further complicate the climate crisis.

  • Seeking A Way Out of Yemen Dilemma

    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

    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

    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

    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.