Related Articles
Forward article link
Share PDF with colleagues

Libyan display of pique stirs tensions with foreign oil players

With businesslike former prime minister Shukri Ghanem heading National Oil Corporation and the leader's reformist son, Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, showing Libya's respectable face, the country's new partners in the West dared to expect that its policies would no longer be subject to the Quixotic whims of the man once-dubbed "Mad Dog". Alas, for the countries hoping to do business with Libya, some bad old habits seem to have returned. After an unseemly diplomatic spat with Switzerland, triggered by the latter's arrest in July 2008 of another of Qadhafi's sons, Hannibal, on allegations of mistreating two employees – charges since dropped – Qadhafi has raised the stakes, saying US and European busi

Also in this section
Venezuela going for broke
16 January 2018
The Maduro government wants a new deal on its debt. Things are going to get messy
Iraqi Kurdistan sinking fast
11 January 2018
The future of the KRI's oil sector is uncertain, with the federal government determined to bring all the country's production and exports back under its wing
Iraqi Kurdistan's wrong turn
11 January 2018
Burdened by political and economic crises at home, the autonomous region faces difficult talks with a newly confident federal government in Baghdad