Oil

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    The rise of environmental conflict

    November 6 marks the United Nations (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, an issue which has been become increasingly more relevant since the day was declared in 2001. The day aims to raise awareness about the effect war has on...
  • The role of the oil market in the Kurdish referendum

    While Europe remains largely focused on the tension between the Spanish government and the Catalonia region after the greatly debated referendum that occurred on 1 October 2017, in the Middle East, another population is striving for independence. On 25 September 2017, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), under the leadership...
  • “Fighting is a way of life”

    Tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where loyalty to tribe trumps loyalty to country, and an attack on one is viewed as an attack on all, is certainly not new. While PNG has not kept official records of deaths as a result of tribal conflict, conflict is regularly...
  • Oil Cold Wars

    The world is witnessing a new war between “Conventional” energy producers -mainly states representing the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) – and the new “Unconventional” energy producers in the form of shale Oil or Gas, in particular the United States of America. Shale Oil and Gas is defined...
  • Once Upon a Time, there was Chinese “non-interventionism” policy

      In South Sudan, China is abandoning its usual policy to protect its energetic (and economic) interests WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SOUTH SUDAN? South Sudan, officially known as the Republic of South Sudan, is the youngest state in the world. It was formally created on the 9th July 2011,...