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When you’re a petrocrat, it’s one day at a time

As part of the tumult roiling the petro-producing world, we took the plunge last week and pondered who would succeed the aging president of one ...

The Oil and the Glory

For petro-autocrats, is that all there is?

When you are the wealthy and powerful leader of a petro-state, what gets you up in the morning? Saving your job -- which has occupied ...

The Oil and the Glory

The Weekly Wrap: May 6, 2011

Speculation: how oil prices (often) happen in the real world  Over the last couple of days, there has been a bloodbath in the oil market ...

The Oil and the Glory

What Saudi’s king has learned from Libya

Libya has bared an uncomfortable truth to Saudi King Abdullah (pictured right above), Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, Kuwaiti Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (left), and ...

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The Weekly Wrap – March 25, 2011

To keep power, give it away: The autocrats of the petro-driven Middle East are discovering that ushering in democracy is not an altruistic act, but desperation ...

The Oil and the Glory

Back to Saudi’s fault lines

The oil balance is back on precarious footing. The shift of events in Yemen -- President Ali Abdullah Saleh seems to be spending his final ...

The Oil and the Glory

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 ...

The Oil and the Glory

The Karimov play

We turn back to the dictator's playbook. As you recall, we've identified the two general options in the dictator's playbook against an uprising -- the ...

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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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No end to the Tunisian contagion and $100-plus oil prices

There's a presumption out there that things look tough in the Middle East, but that soon enough -- maybe by summer -- they will sort ...

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