Mozambique - 01

Mozambique: Renamo Boycotts Government as New Parliament Takes Shape

On 30 December the Constitutional Court confirmed the results of the 15 October general elections in favor of Frelimo and its presidential candidate, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. While the certification is no surprise, the announcement had been repeatedly delayed due to Renamo’s adamant allegations of electoral fraud and implicit threats of violence if the results were

Iraq - 04

Iraq: Formation of KEPCO – An Off-Ramp for Ashti Hawrami?

At the London CWC energy conference in mid-December one of the recurring themes in Ashti Hawrami’s comments was reference to the regulator function of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). Ashti’s words point toward the intended role for the ministry after the Kurdistan Exploration and Production Company (KEPCO) is established. A blueprint for the future

Turkmenistan - 01

Turkmenistan’s Government Continues Energy Subsidy Cuts

In late November, Turkmen opposition media revealed that starting on 1 December, electricity prices for the population of Turkmenistan would more than double. Prior to the increase, the price of 100 kWh of electricity was $0.40; the same amount now costs $0.90. The Turkmen population had received no warning about this rise in the price

Azerbaijan - 04

Azerbaijan: Emboldened by Russia and Turkey, Azerbaijan Moves away from West

On 4 December Presidential Chief of Staff Ramiz Mehdiyev released a 60-page report blaming the US for pursuing modern colonialism and accused employees of Radio Free Europe’s Azerbaijan service and several other leading liberal media outlets of treason. In the report, titled “The World Order of Double Standards and Modern Azerbaijan,” Mehdiyev also attacked an

Azerbaijan - 02

Caspian and Central Asia Region Buffeted by Declining Rouble and ISIL Threat

In an 11 November national address, President Nursultan Nazarbayev suggested that Kazakhstan would face a challenging next few years and ordered the government to prepare for 2015 with a special 50-day program. Nazarbayev cited growing global and regional turbulence that is likely to affect Kazakhstan, including: the changing global security landscape; the growth of the

Azerbaijan - 06

Azerbaijan: Southern Gas Corridor Update

Horizon’s contacts indicate that the international consortium developing the Shah Deniz (SD) field is eager for Petronas to join after Statoil’s departure. SOCAR and its Western partners are accustomed to working with Iranian and Russian minority shareholders and are keen to partner with a cash-rich industry leader. Additionally, Petronas already has producing assets in Block