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  • 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.

  • Egypt, Iraq Partnership Lays Ducts for Prosperity

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.