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Crimea: Putin’s War for Oil and Gas?

Crimea: Putin’s War for Oil and Gas?

| May 21, 2014

In annexing Crimea, the Russians can claim ownership of—or at any rate, control over—an enormous area of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, off the Crimean shoreline, and with them their underwater resources.

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As Putin Looks East, China and Russia Sign $400-Billion Gas Deal

As Putin Looks East, China and Russia Sign $400-Billion Gas Deal

| May 21, 2014

The long-awaited agreement is a political triumph for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is courting partners in Asia as those in Europe and the United States seek to isolate him over Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

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China Steps up Speed of Oil Stockpiling as Tensions Mount in Asia

China Steps up Speed of Oil Stockpiling as Tensions Mount in Asia

| May 18, 2014

Beijing has ordered an “unprecedented” build-up of oil reserves as West prepares for possible oil sanctions against Russia.

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In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

In Taking Crimea, Putin Gains a Sea of Fuel Reserves

| May 17, 2014

When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars.

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Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

Russia’s Pipelines of Empire

| November 14, 2013

Russia certainly has influence in Europe on account of its oil, and has occasionally used its oil as a means of political pressure on Belarus and Ukraine. But it is really with natural gas that energy becomes a useful political tool for Russia.

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When Will Iran Run Out of Money?

When Will Iran Run Out of Money?

| October 2, 2013

The Impact of Sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Exchange Reserves and Balance of Payments

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Lebanon Tenders Encroach on Israeli Waters

Lebanon Tenders Encroach on Israeli Waters

| September 29, 2013

Lawyers say Israel could lose territory if it does not object to the Lebanese energy exploration tenders in court, or even militarily.

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Worldwide Loss of Oil Supply Heightens Syria Attack Risk

Worldwide Loss of Oil Supply Heightens Syria Attack Risk

| August 30, 2013

Libya’s oil output has crashed to a near standstill over the past year as warlords and strikes paralyse the country, tightening the screws on global crude supply as the crisis in Syria comes to a head.

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Why Is Vladimir Putin Acting So Crazy?

Why Is Vladimir Putin Acting So Crazy?

| August 29, 2013

For Russian leaders, sticking it to the Americans has long been a source of both personal satisfaction and political gain. By that standard, President Vladimir Putin is riding high. Yet beneath Putin’s swagger lie weaknesses at the core of the economy that threaten Russia’s future—and with it, his power base. And for that, he can […]

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Strikes and Political Instability Threaten Libya

Strikes and Political Instability Threaten Libya

| August 23, 2013

New clashes at key oil terminals in Libya this week and a daring robbery of the European Union ambassador in Tripoli are raising new concerns about economic and political chaos in the North African nation.

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