Politics & Economics

Gazprom feels the heat
21 September 2017
New US sanctions on Russia may create problems for the country's gas export giant
Saudi Arabia: keeping the lid on
21 September 2017
The recent arrests of around 30 clerics and intellectuals show that the king-in-waiting won’t tolerate dissent
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
Harvey tanks exports and production
8 September 2017
The hurricane seized up much of the Gulf Coast's infrastructure that keeps oil and fuel flowing to markets
Harvey tanks exports and production
8 September 2017
The hurricane seized up much of the Gulf Coast's infrastructure that keeps oil and fuel flowing to markets
Hurricane Harvey's energy impact
29 August 2017
A storm-ravaged Gulf Coast faces a large and complex recovery that could take longer than energy investors expect
Red Washington, greener states
26 June 2017
Market forces will keep hurting coal, strengthening gas and supporting renewables—whatever Trump thinks about climate science
ExxonMobil striking out
7 June 2017
US sanctions against Russia have hit ExxonMobil harder than most and the supermajor is getting no change out of Washington in its efforts to loosen them
Donald Trump's rogue nation
5 June 2017
The US has joined Syria and Nicaragua in rejecting the Paris climate agreement
Trump left isolated by Paris climate deal withdrawal
2 June 2017
The decision rolls back years of progress to mitigate climate change and puts him at loggerheads with major energy firms and most other nations
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
Colombia's peace brings little oil dividend
2 August 2017
Once an industry darling, the country's energy industry is still struggling with a rebel threat and local community strife
Ecuador muddling on
26 July 2017
The South American producer needs an overhaul to spur new oil growth. Its new president isn't likely to deliver
Yet another Brazilian crisis
26 July 2017
The country's oil reforms are promising, but the president's scandal-plagued term could undermine their longevity
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
Burisma and the case for Ukrainian energy independence
8 August 2017
The reserves are there, but the government needs to help out, says the head of the country's largest independent gas producer
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
Reasons for Thailand to smile?
31 July 2017
Thailand's energy sector is struggling to cope with rising demand and maturing fields. Investors are not flocking to help
China's belt loosening
10 July 2017
China's economy isn't skipping ahead as it once did, but its role as an engine for global expansion is only rising
Energy diversification is essential for Japan
11 May 2017
Public resistance to nuclear power is a hurdle to overcome for Japan to meet its energy targets
Tide is turning for Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia
11 May 2017
As their economies grow, the three countries need upstream investment to meet rapidly rising demand
Saudi Arabia pivots east
9 May 2017
Asia will remain the driving force behind global energy demand growth, and the kingdom is poised to meet the region's needs
Saudi Arabia: keeping the lid on
21 September 2017
The recent arrests of around 30 clerics and intellectuals show that the king-in-waiting won’t tolerate dissent
Fuel for the fire in Iraq
7 September 2017
The Iraqi Kurds' quest for independence, to be tested in a forthcoming referendum, will force politicians to face up to the issue of disputed oilfields
Many wings over the Gulf
30 August 2017
The GCC/Qatar crisis is only the latest and most serious case of Gulf oil producers putting sovereignty above regional integration
Now for Iran to get busy
4 August 2017
Rouhani's victory in the presidential elections was good news for Iran's energy sector, but major oil and gas expansion still faces delays
Yemen's oil recovery thwarted by continued conflict
28 July 2017
An attack on an oil pipeline in government-held south of the country underlines the dire predicament of its energy sector
Iraq starts to get grip on security
12 July 2017
Career diplomat Sir Jeremy Greenstock, now chairman of London-based Gatehouse Advisory Partners and of Lambert Energy Advisory, is optimistic about Iraq's future
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
Nervy times in Kenya's elections
11 August 2017
Oil companies will be hoping that the relatively calm passing of the country's presidential elections will pave the way for faster progress towards pipeline exports
Algerian change—again
8 August 2017
A lack of leadership continuity in Algeria's energy sector is a product of the FLN's struggle to retain political power
Nigeria looking up
17 July 2017
Long-awaited legislative progress, peace in the Delta and some astute political management are creating optimism in the country's energy sector
Help not hinder Africa
12 July 2017
Oil in Africa has a bad press—but it needn't be that way, argues a new book
East Africa—can we talk?
14 June 2017
East Africa's new oil producers could maximise the industry's potential by working together, but that's easier said than done
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
How an Opec deal could work
28 September 2016
Iran’s demands can be accommodated with some adjustments of the numbers