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GuidanceDec 12, 2019 | 12:38 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) arrives at a weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Dec. 8, 2019.
Will Israel's Next Election Yield Progress or More Paralysis?
After negotiations to form a last-minute government alliance broke down ahead of the Dec. 11 deadline, Israel's Knesset has, once again, dissolved itself -- meaning Israelis will also, once again, head to the polls in March 2020 for the third time in less than a year. But barring a major event that either forces the country's leaders to come together or drastically changes the way voters view them, this next election is unlikely to grant any more political clarity than the previous two.
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AssessmentsSep 6, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape (left) shakes hands with Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison as their wives look on in Canberra during July.
In Papua New Guinea, Reality Will Dim Any Nationalist Dreams
Papua New Guinea's new prime minister, James Marape, is touting a more nationalist push on resources for his energy- and mineral-rich country and hinting at a rebalance in great power relations, vexing both foreign companies and regional heavyweight Australia. Since taking office in late May, Marape has launched a formal review into a multibillion dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, threatened to seek Chinese help in refinancing the country's $7.9 billion debt and mulled an overhaul of the country's natural resource laws to increase Papua New Guinea's share of revenue. But despite his ambitious intentions, the eager new leader will find it difficult to take any of these efforts too far, because there's only so much the small resource- and aid-dependent Pacific country can push the envelope without jeopardizing its political stability and primary income streams.
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AssessmentsMar 18, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during a news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Paris on Oct. 29, 2018.
Landlocked Ethiopia Charts a Course for a Navy
Twenty-eight years after it lost its coast, Ethiopia is plotting a course to the sea once more. During French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Addis Ababa on March 12, the two countries signed a defense cooperation agreement to develop a future Ethiopian navy -- the culmination of months of reports that Ethiopian and French officials were discussing closer ties on maritime affairs. Ethiopia may be the Horn of Africa's heavyweight -- thanks in part to its growing economy and a population of over 100 million -- but it has chafed at its lack of sea access. Indeed, after coastal Eritrea won its independence from Ethiopia following a 30-year war, Addis Ababa shuttered the country's navy. Since then, Ethiopia has had little reason to reconsider its decision, but times are changing. After Eritrea and Ethiopia concluded a peace agreement to end their years of animosity, regional dynamics are shifting in Addis Ababa's
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SnapshotsMar 11, 2019 | 20:41 GMT
France: Macron Looks to Drum Up Business in the Horn of Africa
Seeking business opportunities, French President Emmanuel Macron has beaten a path to the Horn of Africa. The French leader kicked off a regional tour with a visit to the tiny but geostrategically important country of Djibouti on March 11. Following Djibouti, Macron will visit regional heavyweight Ethiopia on March 12. Joining the president for his tour are a slew of representatives from more than 50 French companies. After Ethiopia, Macron will head to Kenya for the last leg of his trip, becoming the first French president to visit the East African powerhouse. While in Nairobi, Macron will preside over a conference as French companies ink a reported $3 billion worth of contracts.
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SnapshotsMar 21, 2018 | 19:32 GMT
UAE: How a New Oil Deal Diversifies Emirati Energy Ties
The United Arab Emirates' state-owned oil company is continuing to sign a string of major oil deals. Abu Dhabi's National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed yet another deal to split up its offshore concessions. On March 21 ADNOC signed a deal with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) granting the company a 10 percent stake in the Umm Shaif, Nasr and Lower Zakum concessions for the next 40 years in exchange for $1.175 billion. Through this and other deals, Abu Dhabi continues to shake up the landscape of its upstream energy sector as it strategically re-prioritizes long-term deals that are geared toward Asian consumers.
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SnapshotsMar 16, 2018 | 17:18 GMT
Chile: Santiago Approves China's Latest Electricity Utility Purchase
Chinese investment energy has found a focus on South American electricity. On March 15, power company China Southern Power Grid confirmed it had received authorization to purchase 27 percent of Chile's largest electricity transmission system. The Chinese power company paid $1.3 billion to Canadian company Brookfield Asset Management Inc. for a stake in the Chilean electricity company Transelec SA, which operates just under 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles) of electricity transmission lines and controls around 85 percent of Chile's market. And this purchase is far from the only move Chinese power companies have made in the region's electricity systems.
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GuidanceMar 7, 2018 | 18:57 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, Feb. 14, 2018.
Who Would Replace Netanyahu?
The political drama simmering at the highest levels of government in Israel could reach a boiling point soon. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces multiple allegations of corruption that could force him to resign, face early elections or stand trial. Last month, Israeli police recommended that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit indict Netanyahu for fraud, bribery and breach of trust. Since then, key Netanyahu allies have come forward as potential witnesses while police have added evidence to their investigations. Although the government around Netanyahu so far remains intact, his ability to finish the remaining 20 months of his term as prime minister is becoming less and less likely, raising questions about who might succeed him and what effect a new prime minister might have on Israel's security policy.
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