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Mon, Jan 27, 2020

Why mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran keeps failing

Mediating between Saudi Arabia and Iran means changing the balance of power in a way that pleases both countries.

IranSource by Banafsheh Keynoush

Iran Middle East

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

China’s Persian Gulf strategy: Keep Tehran and Riyadh content

The current tensions between Washington and Tehran have been a major stress test for China’s Persian Gulf strategy.

MENASource by Julia Gurol and Jacopo Scita

China Iran

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Bell quoted in Petroleum Economist on Aramco IPO

In the News by Atlantic Council

Middle East Oil and Gas

Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Livingston joins Emirates News Agency to discuss energy transitions in UAE

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions
Manufacturing facility

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

The Saudi Aramco-SABIC merger: How acquiring SABIC fits into Aramco’s long-term diversification strategy

Throughout 2019, financial markets have watched the planned Saudi Aramco initial public offering (IPO), which was finally launched in December. A quieter, but no less significant, story was Saudi Aramco’s acquisition of SABIC. Saudi Aramco strove to have a successful IPO, especially through increased transparency and diversification, and the SABIC acquisition was a key element of Saudi Aramco’s diversification strategy. Going forward, what does the merger mean for both companies, what is the new relationship between Aramco and SABIC, and what are the merger’s implications for the intricate relationship between the various bureaucracies and leadership in Saudi Arabia?

Issue Brief by Jean-François Seznec

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions
Stock exchange

Mon, Dec 30, 2019

The Aramco IPO isn’t quite enough to realize MBS’s diversification ambitions

After significant delays and a number of setbacks, Aramco finally listed shares representing 1.5 percent of the company’s total value on the domestic Tadawul exchange. The $25.6 billion that the IPO raised is nothing to scoff at, but it still is not enough to fully realize MBS’ ambitions. Where does the IPO go from here?

EnergySource by Randolph Bell

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Saudi failure to convict Saud al-Qahtani is glaring

For a purported lack of sufficient evidence, Saud al-Qahtani was not even brought to trial. This tells us one of three things: One, Saudi Arabia no longer values its relationship with the United States; two, the US intelligence community sees greater value in monitoring al-Qahtani’s activities than in seeing him imprisoned; or three, the Saudi court system is, impressively, more evidence-based than we knew.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Saudi Arabia

Wed, Dec 18, 2019

Cohen in Forbes: Saudi Aramco IPO Hits $2 Trillion Mark Amid Guarded Forecast

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy Markets & Governance International Markets

Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Cohen in Forbes: Making History: U.S. Exports More Petroleum Than It Imports In September and October

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Cohen in Forbes: Investors Evaluating Aramco IPO As Iran Claims Discovery Of New Oil Field

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Geopolitics & Energy Security