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Is Natural Resource-Based Development Still Realistic for Africa?

Is Natural Resource-Based Development Still Realistic for Africa?

In a world of low oil prices, local content can make petro-development more realistic for African oil and gas producers, not less.

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The Oil of Iran: Past and Present in Perspective

With vast oil and gas reserves to draw upon, Iran could transform itself into an energy superpower – yet there also remains a great deal of doubt.

Independently Wealthy: ISIL’s Sinews of War

Independently Wealthy: ISIL’s Sinews of War

One of the primary indicators of a violent extremist organization’s potential longevity is its ability to self-finance. Today, ISIL is the richest such group in the world.

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

Water has now become a most sought after commodity, one that countries have displayed a renewed interest in and with an increasing amount of threat-of-force.

Oil Prices, OPEC, and Oil Crisis: Collateral Damage in a Greater Game

Oil Prices, OPEC, and Oil Crisis: Collateral Damage in a Greater Game

With oil prices tumbling downward some are rejoicing, but by refusing to cut production OPEC has jeopardised the economy of some of its member states.

Oil and Protests in Venezuela

Oil and Protests in Venezuela

While oil does not seem to be contributing domestically to Maduro’s staying in power, it is providing important leverage internationally that allows him to carry on.

Review – Buraimi: The Struggle for Power, Influence and Oil in Arabia

Review – Buraimi: The Struggle for Power, Influence and Oil in Arabia

Morton provides insight into the disputes of the South Eastern Arabian Peninsula, yet fails to provide an adequate understanding of US policy in the region.

Geopolitics or Delusions? The Dilemmas of American Policy in the Persian Gulf

Geopolitics or Delusions? The Dilemmas of American Policy in the Persian Gulf

The political evolution of the Gulf, and for that matter of the whole Middle East, is something that policymakers in Washington can neither ignore nor control.

Venezuela and Oil Diplomacy: The End of the Road for Petrocaribe?

Venezuela and Oil Diplomacy: The End of the Road for Petrocaribe?

There has been a concerted effort in post-Chavez Venezuela to reaffirm its commitment to Petrocaribe. However, Venezuela’s economic problems could undermine official policy.

Review – Crude Reality

Review – Crude Reality

Brian C. Black’s examination of the history of petroleum is a fascinating account of its evolution from black goo to indispensable fuel, however his analysis of contemporary energy issues is superficial.

Review – Energy Dependency and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union

Review – Energy Dependency and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union

Margarita M. Balmaceda’s important book shows Ukraine’s struggle to free itself from Russia influence whilst highlighting that the benefits of energy dependency do not flow only to the hegemonic side.

The Importance of the Straits of Malacca

The Importance of the Straits of Malacca

The vast majority of China’s oil imports pass through the Straits of Malacca. This creates a security issue for China as the Straits function as a strategic chokepoint through which their energy supply must pass.

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