Turkey - 05

Turkey: Erdogan Balances Between Competing Security Factions

Divisions within the Turkish security apparatus have intensified after the failed coup attempt in July 2016, forming three main factions. They have competing priorities on Syria and Iraq, and tensions between them are spilling over into Turkey’s internal and external security conduct.

South Africa - 05

South Africa: Procedural Squabbles Likely to Delay New Upstream Development Bill

On 13 June the Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources, part of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), held the first of three public hearings on the MPRDA Amendment Bill. The South African Oil and Gas Association (SAOGA), the NGO Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and the National House of Traditional Leaders all submitted

Brazil - 09

Brazil: Superior Electoral Tribunal Acquits Temer, but Further Challenges Loom

Temer was on trial for illegal campaign financing accusations that surfaced in 2014, when he was vice president during Dilma Rousseff’s presidency. But while the TSE acquittal is an important lifeline for Temer in his fight to keep the presidency, the trial was only one of several judicial threats that he must face in the

Brazil - 04

Brazil: Oil Unions Call for Petrobras Resignations, Ending Truce

On 8 June the FUP – Brazil’s largest organization of oil unions – and a number of other leftist groups, such as the Main Workers’ Central (CUT) and the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) protested in Rio de Janeiro against the “privatization” of Petrobras. They also called for Parente’s resignation as well as those of all

South Africa - 04

South Africa: New Mining Charter Preludes Upstream Black Economic Empowerment

Minister Zwane announced on 6 June 2017 that the much-delayed update to the Mining Charter will be published in the Government Gazette by mid-June. Proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill suggest that the upstream oil and gas sector will not be required to comply with the Mining Charter.

Mexico - 01

Mexico: State Elections Leave Political Parties Scrambling

Elections in the states of Mexico, Coahuila, Nayarit and Veracruz on 4 June have raised many pressing questions in the Mexican political sphere. Voting in each of these states has its own local implications, but at the national level their effects are crucial, leading parties to revise strategies, make internal rearrangements and consider external alliances.

Kazakhstan - 02

Kazakhstan: KMG-CNPC Gas Export MOU: Rationale and Outlook

On 7 June, Chinese President Xi Jinping started a four-day state visit to Kazakhstan, his third trip to the country. He is set to advance bilateral ties and attend the 17th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council and the opening ceremony of the World Expo in Astana. However, as this year marks the

Libya - 02

Libya: Haftar Gains Ground as Opposition Alliances Weaken

The seizure by Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) of the highly sought Jufra airbase on 3 June marks yet another turn of the conflict to his advantage. It is unclear why anti-LNA forces, including the Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB), retreated, but contacts in the area said that deals may have been struck with locals. Egyptian

Argentina - 03

Argentina: Public Skeptical of Both Cambiemos and the Kirchner Opposition

A national poll released last week by Management and Fit, a credible local pollster, shows that roughly 45.91% of respondents do not identify with the ruling Cambiemos coalition nor the FPV, the Kirchner-backed faction of the Peronist Justicialist Party (PJ). Only 28.93% of respondents expressly support Macri’s group, whereas 25.16% back former President Cristina Kirchner’s