Tag Archives: Russia

Oil Market Showdown: Can Russia Outlast the Saudis?

Saudi Arabia and Russia cannot long withstand the pain they have brought upon themselves by maintaining low oil prices. They have, in effect, turned no pain no gain into intense pain no gain and set in motion the possibility neither will exit the low price Crudedome under its own power.

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Russian Military Campaign and the New Reality in Syria

If the US government accepts the Russian military campaign in Syria, it means the United States unipolar moment has already passed and that the roles of other strong states in the region are growing in importance.

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Is Russia Plotting to Bring Down OPEC?

Russia can be seen as maneuvering to split OPEC into two blocs, with Russia, although not a member, persuading the "Russian bloc" to isolate Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab OPEC members within OPEC. This might persuade the Saudis to seek a compromise with the have nots.

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Fishing Ban Reflects How Fragile Arctic Ecosystem Is

A melting Arctic means new areas will be open to commercial fishing but scientists – and bordering countries – say they need time to study the ecological and economic risks.

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Iran to Get Chinese J-10 Fighter Jets in Return for Oil Rights

Iran is set to receive the advanced J-10 fighter jets from China without paying a dollar by signing a contract to allow Beijing exploit its largest oilfield for the next 20 years.

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Armenia: Approaching the Precipice

Armenia is now approaching a precipice, with an increasingly stubborn government unwilling or unable to offer any concessions set against an ever more resolute group of empowered and enthusiastic youth activists. Thus, there seems to be no clear way out of this stalemate, as each side finds it more difficult to back down from its demands.

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Central Asia’s Future: Three Powers, Three Visions

China, Russia and the U.S. each have visions to connect Central Asia with the rest of Eurasia.

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Thailand’s Delicate Dance with the Major Powers

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s recent visit to Thai capital suggests that Thailand is now strategically courting authoritarian major powers, namely Russia and China, in defiance of Western criticism of Bangkok’s coup and military regime.

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The Price of Coexistence Between the EU and Russia

Considering the current domestic political developments in Russia, a long period of relative instability and recurring tensions seems unavoidable. But this doesn’t mean that we are approaching a new Cold War.

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India as the Pivot in Asia

If there is anything to be learnt from the history of India’s Second World War, it is that India’s ability to be a pivotal power in Asia is contingent on the restoration of the strategic and economic unity of the subcontinent. Decades on, this remains a project worth pursuing.

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