Politics & Economics

Venezuelan crunch time
17 November 2017
Venezuela faces steep bond payments before the end of the year. It is looking to Russia to help keep it from default
Taking a chance in Kurdish Iraq
16 November 2017
The KRG referendum result and subsequent Iraqi army offensive against the Kurds underline how risky it is for companies involved in the export and sale of Kurdish crude
Iraq—the end of the beginning
16 November 2017
Iraq's army has retaken Kurdish-controlled areas around Kirkuk in the north, while neighbouring states are considering their long-term response to the independence referendum
Venezuela's debt crisis deepens
15 November 2017
It's crunch time in Caracas after the country defaulted on two bond payments and oil output continued its freefall
Libya's meddling militias
14 November 2017
Violence and political disputes are preventing Libya's oil production settling back to pre-conflict levels
Republican plan would axe EV tax break
3 November 2017
The roll back of vital incentives would come just before a major push from carmakers to bring electric vehicles into the mainstream
US sound and fury
2 November 2017
Trump's deregulations will only touch the margins of production, but he will generate plenty of geopolitical risk
Perry stirs gas versus coal fight
25 October 2017
US energy secretary's subsidy plan gets a roasting
Trump's Iran move and oil
13 October 2017
The market should not ignore the geopolitical risks if the nuclear deal now unravels
Nafta 2.0: Dealing with the Devil
12 October 2017
Despite being such a prominent component of the trade relationship, energy has hardly come up in Nafta talks. That could change
Harvey's aftermath
12 October 2017
The Gulf Coast is now a force on global oil and gas markets, making the hurricanes that regularly ravage the region a greater threat to supply
Venezuelan crunch time
17 November 2017
Venezuela faces steep bond payments before the end of the year. It is looking to Russia to help keep it from default
Venezuela's debt crisis deepens
15 November 2017
It's crunch time in Caracas after the country defaulted on two bond payments and oil output continued its freefall
Panama puts itself forward
10 November 2017
The Central American nation wants to make the most of its geographical position to supply the rest of the continent with energy
Venezuela's combustible crisis
30 August 2017
President Nicolás Maduro's power grab has plunged the nation deeper into despair. What's the end game?
Bolivia—another strike from the resources curse?
4 August 2017
An IMF study fears Bolivia's gas boom could explode. It wants the government to change tack
US sanctions on Venezuela are largely symbolic
2 August 2017
The oil market was waiting for an embargo. But a full blockade would have hurt American firms too
Germany’s Energiewende blowin’ in the wind
29 September 2017
The direction of the country's energy transition policy remains unclear following the general election
Gazprom feels the heat
21 September 2017
New US sanctions on Russia may create problems for the country's gas export giant
Climate change: European disunion
19 September 2017
Consensus across the continent on energy and emissions policy is severely lacking
Norway's political storm warnings prove unfounded
18 September 2017
The country's election result should quell nerves in the oil and gas sector
France's Macronenergy
4 September 2017
France's new president has plans to transform his country's energy market. They are on a breathtaking scale
Caspian contagion risks
17 August 2017
A banking crisis is a short-term risk in a region bursting with energy developments
Setting Timor-Leste's boundaries
9 November 2017
While settling a maritime border dispute with Australia is a step forward in relations between the two countries, it won't resolve all the issues
Southeast Asia's flashpoint
9 November 2017
Vietnam's need for more energy is reviving the disputes with Beijing over the South China Sea
Flexing India's muscles
3 November 2017
The country will need to import more oil and gas. But, as recent oil and LNG deals show, the advantage is presently with the buyer
India—demand dynamo
13 October 2017
India's economic success will make it a decisive player in global energy for decades
New Zealand: Progress in the Pacific
11 October 2017
Ambitious targets on emissions must be met alongside economic growth
Rosneft vs Sistema brings echoes of Yukos affair
8 August 2017
For long-term investors in Russia, the nightmare unfolding for the privately held conglomerate Sistema gives them a distinct sense of déjà-vu
Taking a chance in Kurdish Iraq
16 November 2017
The KRG referendum result and subsequent Iraqi army offensive against the Kurds underline how risky it is for companies involved in the export and sale of Kurdish crude
Iraq—the end of the beginning
16 November 2017
Iraq's army has retaken Kurdish-controlled areas around Kirkuk in the north, while neighbouring states are considering their long-term response to the independence referendum
Libya's meddling militias
14 November 2017
Violence and political disputes are preventing Libya's oil production settling back to pre-conflict levels
Saudi Arabia: Royal round-up
6 November 2017
In consolidating his hold on power, Crown Prince Mohammed will have alienated dozens of senior princes
KRG: Cold-shouldered
24 October 2017
As Iraq consolidates its control of recaptured land and resources in and around Kirkuk, the KRG is looking increasingly isolated
Iraq: In for the long haul
19 October 2017
The recapture of Kirkuk was swift, but the Baghdad-Erbil crisis is far from over
Kenya's oil pipeline plans stall amid political tension
2 November 2017
A project to build an oil pipeline from reserves in the north of the country to the coast is inching forward - slowly
Tanzania's LNG plans remain stalled
19 October 2017
A decision to split the energy and minerals ministry in two may be intended to dispel uncertainty over future liquefied natural gas export plans, but more than that will be needed
South Africa eyes Rovuma gas
19 October 2017
President Jacob Zuma wants to kick-start the country's economy using Mozambique's offshore gas reserves. But do the numbers add up?
Energising Africa
18 October 2017
Africa's energy suppliers of the future will be more integrated and offer a diverse range of services. Strive Masiyiwa, chairman and founder of telecoms firm Econet, explains
Senegal's vote in favour
29 September 2017
The coalition ruling one of Africa's more stable nations has out-performed expectations in recent polls, giving assurance to the hydrocarbons sector
End of an era in Angola?
1 September 2017
Angola's controversial leader has relinquished his post, but it's hard to tell whether this will herald a clean break with a murky past for the country and its state oil company
The paradox of energy security
2 November 2017
Efforts to secure the flow of energy often do the opposite, reinforcing injustice and historical resentments, argues a new book
Sustainable energy: Learning from the success stories
19 April 2017
Sharing good examples is the key to change SEforALL’s Rachel Kyte tells World Energy Focus
Energy leaders embrace new frontiers
18 April 2017
Energy leaders are adapting to a rapid change of pace and identifying new priorities
Oil and gas in the new world order
22 March 2017
Geopolitical risks are changing and rising. The energy sector will be in the crosshairs
End of the war for Opec
31 October 2016
In the end, the fiscal pressures and income loss were too great for Opec’s members to bear—and the rewards of the market-share strategy too meagre
Opec’s imperfect deal
30 September 2016
Algiers marks a major policy shift. But the market will want real numbers soon