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  1. Nick Butler

    August 24, 2014

    Is energy security a job for Nato?

    ...leaders will gather in Wales for their bi-annual summit. There is certainly plenty to discuss at Celtic Manor – Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan and of course the continued inadequacy of defence spending which is leaving the military in many countries unable... Nick Butler

  2. Nick Butler

    August 17, 2014

    China’s strategic dilemma in the Middle East

    ...Hayward, signing a major oil deal with Iraq in 2009 (AFP/Getty Images) One of the...intervene to prevent the disintegration of Iraq, China is absent. But China needs Iraqi...provide such an increase in production is Iraq, and it is no accident that China is heavily... Nick Butler

  3. Nick Butler

    August 3, 2014

    Egypt's looming energy crisis

    ...instability on its borders, particularly to the east and the south. At least five deeply troubled states – Mali, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine – pose a diverse series of threats ranging from a flood of refugees to the radicalisation of individuals and terrorism... Nick Butler

  1. Nick Butler

    July 20, 2014

    Oil and an independent Kurdistan

    ...happening in Erbil now could reshape not just Iraq but the rest of the Middle East. And...as the fundamentalists of ISIS invaded Iraq from Syria. Now the Kurdish leadership...or other parts of Central and Southern Iraq it is clear that the area is liable to... Nick Butler

  2. Nick Butler

    June 15, 2014

    China and the UK - the case for thinking big

    ...political uncertainty as any Western power. If you were the Chinese would you be happy to rely on supplies from the failing state of Iraq, the fragile state of Saudi Arabia or the fanatical state of Iran? The idea of being dependent on supplies from countries at... Nick Butler

  3. June 13, 2014

    Foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari pleads for west’s help in Iraq

    ...military is riddled with corruption and misplaced loyalties. Nick Butler Re-engage with Iraq, do not retreat, writes Nick Butler. By common agreement the situation in Iraq is dangerous and deteriorating. By similar common agreement there is... By Roula Khalaf in London

  4. June 12, 2014

    Oil companies weather Iraq upheaval

    ...the country, severely reducing Iraq’s ability to lift output.” Oil...control of Kirkuk, home to one of Iraq’s largest oilfields, which...against an expanding Isis. Nick Butler Re-engage with Iraq, do not retreat By common agreement... By Guy Chazan in London

  5. Nick Butler

    June 12, 2014

    Re-engage with Iraq, do not retreat

    By common agreement the situation in Iraq is dangerous and deteriorating. By similar...more than a decade of unsuccessful wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no public or political...not in Syria, Libya or now in northern Iraq. Though totally understandable, I think... Nick Butler

  6. Nick Butler

    May 11, 2014

    Common sense dawns in the eastern Mediterranean

    ...overcome the gas would be competing with supplies also flowing through Turkey from the Caspian Sea, potentially from northern Iraq and, one day, from Iran. For all those reasons the prospect that Leviathan might never be developed has become a real possibility... Nick Butler

  7. Nick Butler

    April 7, 2014

    The risks of a nuclear Saudi Arabia

    ...Saudi Arabia now produces about 11.5m b/d of which about 8.5m b/d are exported. That is a sixth of world oil trade. If Iraq fails to live up to the hype which promises production of 6m b/d by 2020 the dependence on Saudi will be even greater. Trade... Nick Butler

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