August 17, 2019

U.S. Sanctions Backfire, Lead To Boost In Russian Oil Exports

U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and Iran have had an unplanned side effect: they have increased exports of heavy, sour crude from Russia, Bloomberg reports, adding that […]
October 13, 2018

Will China’s “Debt Diplomacy” Backfire?

Angola, Africa’s second largest oil producer, has ramped up its financial ties with Beijing, but perhaps to its own detriment, The country’s state newspaper Jornal de […]
October 7, 2018

US Demands For More Oil Could Backfire

This week the State Department accused OPEC of hiding spare capacity exceeding 1.4 million barrels daily. It urged the cartel to use it to stop the […]
August 28, 2018

Will Saudi Arabia’s Geopolitical Strategy Backfire?

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday that Vladimir Putin is preparing to visit Saudi Arabia. The statement comes after the Russian president received […]
August 19, 2018

Iran Sanctions Could Backfire On U.S. Drillers

The United States is upping the ante in its effort to sanction Iran, and its efforts may further complicate its ongoing trade war with China and […]
August 18, 2018

Turkey’s Tariff Hike On U.S. Coal Imports Could Backfire

Turkey’s move to hike tariffs on US imports this week threatens the country’s coal supply since a weakened lira will likely make the commodity a very […]
August 13, 2018

Saudi Crackdown On Canada Could Backfire

Like many spats these days, the Saudi Arabia/Canada one started with a tweet. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called for the release of Samar Badawi, a […]