Sectors

Algeria has the third-largest shale gas resevers in the world

Algeria looks to develop shale gas sector

New wells could be critical to boosting the country’s standing as an international gas exporter, but challenges persist. Al Jazeera – 28 July 2014 Algeria has announced plans to drill four shale gas wells by the end of 2014 as it begins assessing the commercial viability of a resource base estimated to be the third-largest [...]

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential election

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential polls

Frontline Club – 25 July 2014 Turkey’s prime minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan will win next month’s presidential elections and become the country’s first directly elected president, according to a panel of experts assembled at the Frontline Club on 22 July 2014.

Richard Nield talks on CNBC about South Sudan budget

South Sudan budget sets unrealistic expectations

CNBC – 25 July 2014 This is an interview I did on South Sudan’s unfathomable war budget for CNBC’s Closing Bell Africa programme.


South Sudan finance minister Aggrey Tisa

South Sudan draws up ‘War Budget’, but oil production targets unlikely to be reached

African Arguments – 18 July 2014 By the evidence of South Sudan’s budget, presented to parliament in late June, the country’s finance ministry has lost its mind. This time last year, the Government of South Sudan put forward what it described as a “two-step budget” that would boost social services and economic growth “in a [...]

Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan

Another toothless ceasefire for South Sudan

African Energy – 30 May 2014 On paper at least, the new ceasefire signed on 9 May between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his opponent Riek Machar is a step forward. Not only does it recommit them to the terms of the 23 January ceasefire, but provisions for a transitional unity government and fresh [...]

Top 15 countries by military expenditure 2013 in $bn (SIPRI)

MENA Countries Hike Defense Spending For 2013

MEES, 18 April 2014 MENA military spending has more than doubled since 2004, rising 4% to $150bn for 2013, according to a report released this week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Saudi Arabia was the world’s fourth biggest spender, and the highest in the region in 2013, spending an estimated $67bn on [...]


Algerian independent opposition candidate Kamal Benkoussa

Silence please, Algeria is dying: an interview with Kamal Benkoussa

The Atlantic Council – 17 April 2014 Today is Election Day in Algeria and analysts predict that the aging and ailing incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stands to win yet another term in office, effectively making him president for life. The political space has remained closed since the government canceled the country’s first democratic elections in [...]

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Algeria

Bouteflika win likely in Algeria amid dissent

Despite unprecedented opposition protests, Algerians are poised to re-elect president to fourth term. Al Jazeera – 13 April 2014 A group of protesters gathered last month at Algiers University in the centre of the city, ready to demonstrate against Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fourth consecutive term as president of Algeria. Police were [...]

Morocco Projects Report 2014

Morocco Projects Market 2014 report published

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market 12 March 2014 The latest in a series of market intelligence reports I’ve written for MEED Insight, the Morocco Projects Market 2014 report outlines the major project opportunities in the kingdom sector by sector. The first MEED Insight report on Morocco, this report looks at the [...]


Algeria's president Bouteflika

Algeria: A fourth term for Bouteflika?

Establishment has rallied around ailing president’s decision to run for another term, but many Algerians want change. Al Jazeera – 2 March 2014 The announcement by Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on February 22 that Algeria’s president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, intends to stand for a fourth term in the upcoming presidential elections is a blow to [...]

South Sudan's foreign minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin

South Sudan talks continue amid violence

The cases of political detainees remain a sticking point in negotiations, says South Sudan’s foreign minister. Al Jazeera – 20 February 2014 Three weeks after a ceasefire agreement was signed on January 23, there are few signs that newly resumed peace talks are likely to bring an end to a conflict in South Sudan that [...]

Salva Kiir agrees deal on South Sudan oil exports

South Sudan officials charged with treason

Seven opposition leaders are accused of plotting a coup to overthrow President Salva Kiir’s government. Al Jazeera – 6 February 2014 An announcement by South Sudan’s government that it plans to charge seven leading opposition politicians with treason threatens to derail a fragile peace process just days after a ceasefire was signed in Addis Ababa. [...]


South Sudan's president Salva Kiir Mayardit

South Sudan ceasefire is only a first step

Under a peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa on 23 January, the government and dissident elements of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army have committed to ceasing “all military actions”, to “freeze their forces at the place they are in” and to “refrain from taking any actions that could lead to military confrontations”. They also agreed [...]

In Amenas gas plant Algeria

Algeria opens new territory to oil drilling

Energy companies remain wary, though, after deadly 2013 attack on natural gas facility Al Jazeera – 28 January 2014 One year ago, a terrorist attack on a natural gas facility in southern Algeria led to the deaths of 67 people after Algerian troops tried to rescue hundreds of hostages taken by an al-Qaeda-linked group. Now, [...]

In Amenas gas plant in Algeria the target of a terrorist attack in January 2013

Business and Terrorism in Algeria

The Atlantic Council – 24 January 2014 A year after forty workers were killed in a terrorist attack against one of Algeria’s largest gas facilities on January 16, 2013, serious reservations remain about the provision of security at the site. The government’s partners on the project, the UK’s BP and Norway’s Statoil, have not yet [...]


Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan

South Sudan plays dangerous game of politics with Khartoum

African Energy – 16 January 2014 Reports that both the government of South Sudan and nominal opposition leader Riek Machar have been in talks with Khartoum over securing control of South Sudan’s oilfields have roused fears that the already bloody fight could escalate further. Speaking at Juba airport on 6 January at the conclusion of [...]

In Amenas gas plant Algeria

Foreign oil and gas workers in Algeria – not yet back at work

The Economist – 15 January 2014 A YEAR has passed since a terrorist attack against one of Algeria’s largest natural gas facilities resulted in the deaths of 39 foreign workers. Yet the Algerian government has yet to convince international oil companies that it is safe enough for overseas staff to return to the site at [...]

Oil production has been slashed by 100,000 b/d after the outbreak of fighting in December 2013. Photo by Charlton Doki

Sudan fighting slashes oil production

African Energy – 9 January 2014 A rebellion in South Sudan has already slashed oil output by around 100,000 b/d. Production from Unity State, amounting to more than 40,000 b/d, has completely ceased and there has been an estimated drop in output of more than 50,000 b/d from fields in Upper Nile State. In Unity [...]


Maintaining the line of ethical journalism

26 September 2013 – Frontline Club An event at the Frontline Club on 25 September saw a discussion focused on the recently published book by Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert, When Reporters Cross The Line, examining the ethics of reporting in high pressure situations. Assembled for the discussion were Purvis, professor of television journalism at [...]

Za'atari refugee camp Jordan

Jordan documentary site launch

23 September 2013 Today I launched the official Facebook page for the documentary I’m making about the dramatic impact that the flood of Syrian refugees into Jordan is having on the local population. To view the page, just click here: And to be kept in the loop with further updates, please ‘Like’ the page.

Salva Kiir agrees deal on South Sudan oil exports

Sudan-South Sudan relations: Now for (yet another) hard part

Focus turns to political challenges as Sudan and South Sudan reach deal on oil 9 September 2013 Now that Khartoum has agreed to drop its threat to prevent South Sudanese oil exports via its pipeline infrastructure, a series of political challenges remain if the two countries are to continue to co-operate on the energy sector [...]


Riek Machar

South Sudan politics: Machar mulls his moves

6th August 2013 The Economist SPEAKING from his government house in the centre of South Sudan’s capital, Juba, Riek Machar knows that it will not be his home for much longer. The man who had been the country’s vice-president since its secession from Sudan two years ago was unceremoniously sacked, along with the entire cabinet, [...]

The directors, Anne Poiret and Florence Martin-Kessler

State Builders: the making of South Sudan

On 31 May, the Frontline Club hosted a screening of State Builders, a unique film documenting the immense challenges faced by the new state of South Sudan, which became the world’s newest nation on 9 July 2011. Directed by Florence Martin-Kessler and Anne Poiret, the film gives a penetrating insight into what was happening behind [...]

Salva Kiir

Sudan-South Sudan oil deal has its limits

17th April 2013 Foreign Policy – The Middle East Channel Sudan and South Sudan reached a deal in the early hours of March 12, after a week of negotiations in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, which should spark the beginning of exports of South Sudanese oil from Sudan’s Port Sudan, on the Red Sea coast, for [...]