Diumenge, 20 Gener 2019
Washington’s tactic to contain emerging powers trying to break free from the US’s decades long control on the world’s economy could in fact provoke an opposite effect. Increasingly, US-sanctioned states and their allies have reinforced bilateral cooperation and started conducting oil and other trades in their national currencies. In doing...
The current conflicts in the Middle East and the most recent changes in the region’sl leaderships have revealed discreet alliances that have developed in the shadows of the official speeches for decades. The most surprising of which is the one between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The Middle East is very...
Chinese president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign which had been targeting high officials since 2012 turned into a crackdown on private entrepreneurs with, as Beijing sees it, over-ambitious expansion goals. Anbang, Wanda, Fosun, HNA and now CEFC have all fallen under Xi Jinping’s ruthless campaign. They all led an aggressive...
How to manage the threat of return? Militarization versus prevention The attack on Ben Gardane, which led to the death of fifty combatants among the ranks of Islamic State, accelerated the militarization of the Tunisian border with Libya through the construction of a 200-km long barrier made with sand banks...
With the popular uprising in January 2011, Tunisia toppled the longstanding presidency of Ben Ali and started a new roadmap eager to dismiss the constraints of the past. Seven years later, the only democracy of the Arab world is moving steadily on the edge of a transition that has...
The economic analysis of a country cannot be strictly limited to the study of its material and tangible factors. That is, factors that can be quantified and are related to the natural resources, geographical situation, political structures, industries and infrastructures. In some cases, the most relevant factors that help us to...
This week, energy market analyst Diane Pallardy was invited to a France 24 live panel to discuss the current Russia-EU relations. The discussion covered, among others, the expulsion of Russian diplomats from several EU countries following the Skripal affair, Vladimir Putin’s re-election and the fire that destroyed a shopping...
The Lancaster House treaties are a military alliance, outside of the EU, between the United Kingdom, and the French Republic. In it, security and defense cooperation is expanded. The treaties have two texts, the first document lays down the terms of the treaty , and the second details the...
The United Kingdom is planning to do precisely what it has been accusing Russia of doing over the past decade: use gas deliveries as a political weapon. Monday 12 March, Theresa May issued an ultimatum to the Kremlin to provide the UK with a credible explanation on former double agent...
Despite showing opposition to American sanctions on the Russian energy sector and being fined $2 million by the US Department of Treasury in July 2017 for its involvement with Rosneft, ExxonMobil had to withdraw from 9 of its 10 joint ventures with Rosneft. Recently, the American oil giant announced it...