Following a meeting of the EU foreign ministers in late December 2014 the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini stated, “Iran is not only the country with which we have nuclear talks, it is also a regional important player [sic] and this practically means that we will have to engage with Iran also on its neighborhood.” This statement highlights the two issues under intense discussion between the EU and Iran – the nuclear dispute...

Uncertainty about the immediate future seems to permeate most societies around the world. Few look far beyond the immediate. But what is now being put in place with the current global upheaval will form the basis of the strategic framework for the coming decades. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was quoted as saying that “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”. Updating this in The Art of Victory, I noted: “If...

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami was so consumed by running he combined two of his loves to write a book called ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running‘. Although an odd concept, it’s actually quite a compelling read. Not only did I think this title was really great (although paraphrased from Raymond Carver), but it also reminded me of my own rather obsessive compulsions. So here are some of the things that I currently think about when I think...

Much of the downward spiral in crude oil prices results from the maneuverings of Saudi Arabia, points out analyst Faraz Shams.

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Will Solar See More Consolidation?

Published - Jan 22, 2015

Tumbling oil prices will maintain pressure on the solar industry to consolidate by drying up investor interest in building new factories, according to an executive who just carried out a $1.2 billion merger.

Global oil majors say they are demanding cheaper but better services from engineering and service companies, or simply taking work back in-house.

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Central Asia In For A Painful 2015

Published - Jan 22, 2015

The International Monetary Fund has revised downward its forecast for growth in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union to account for dramatically lower oil prices and the shriveling Russian economy. The region’s poorest countries can expect sharply higher inflation.The assessments are part of an economic update released January 21 in Washington.For energy importers like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the IMF says, any gains from lower oil prices are overshadowed by weakness in Russia, Central Asia’s largest trade partner and the...

Market Mayhem Has Some Way To Go

Published - Jan 22, 2015

Most of us won’t have noticed much market mayhem going on in our daily lives, distracted by terrorism in the heart of Europe. An instantaneous jump of 30% in the value of the Swiss Franc last week means very little to most people. If only we had stashed a few Swiss Francs in advance. Most readers of this piece should be aware that the price of oil has more than halved in the last 6 months rendering much of the...