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Pax-Sinica: Why the U.S. should hand over Afghanistan and Central Asia to China

In northern Afghanistan, a potentially rich, U.S.-backed oil and gas tender is under way this week. Central to hopes for a face-saving force withdrawal in ...

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Is Putin simply predisposed to vex the West?

Russian leader Vladimir Putin urges an end to absurdist doubt regarding his political longevity, and a focus on reality -- such as the triumphant energy ...

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The Weekly Wrap — Dec. 30, 2011

End-of-year edition Bad year for petro-tyrants: Did today's trouble for petrocrats truly originate with Muhamad al-Bouazizi, the Tunisian fruit-and-vegetable seller whose self-imolation a year ago ...

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How big is Exxon’s gamble in Kurdistan? (Answer: BIG)

Has ExxonMobil -- the annoyingly prissy schoolboy who always obeys the teacher -- risked weakening one of its distinguishing pillars in order to break into ...

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The Weekly Wrap: Oct. 14, 2011

In Ukraine, the gas bill is never paid: Ukraine's president faces Western pressure to free his political rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko. But the ...

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The Weekly Wrap: June 11, 2011

Annals of geopolitical pipelines: A few weeks ago, we heard that BP and ConocoPhillips will not build Denali, a 1,700-mile natural gas pipeline from Alaska's ...

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Germany’s denuclearization shot in Russia’s arm

Russian influence is the big gainer from Germany’s decision to stop producing nuclear power. The losers are eastern and central European states including Lithuania, Poland ...

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The Weekly Wrap: March 18, 2011

Japan/Libya/Bahrain: trader heaven (or hell) One of the main canards of times such as this is that the markets hate uncertainty. The truth is that ...

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The Weekly Wrap, CERA Week Edition: March 11, 2011

As O&G readers know, I've been in Houston at CERA Week -- the Davos of the energy industry, hosted by oil historian Daniel Yergin -- for ...

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