Libya’s oil chief being bullish

Energy Reporters posting an article on Libya’s oil chief being bullish amid his country’s chaos that does seem to be wanting to end. Libya aims to more than double its oil production to 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2021 provided security and stability are boosted, said Mustafa Sanalla, the chairman of the state […]

The MENA region on the morning of 11/9

Donald Trump’s win would mean for the MENA region on the morning of 11/9, among many things support for the security of Iraq as per the previous understanding between Baghdad and Washington previous agreements. An Iraqi official was quoted as saying that the Republican policy will go on the same way under the new US President.
Now regarding the United States’ policy on the Gulf countries, the same official added that he does not expect a radical change in the relationships between the US and the Gulf States before adding that Donald Trump is familiar with these and that the GCCs have an active money lobby in Washington.

There is however Kuwait, that concerned by Iraq’s probable inability to meet its 2018 target compensation payments because of its current expensive military campaign against ISIL and the current low oil prices, has expressed its “desire and readiness” to start consultations with Iraq over the remaining reparations for the country’s 1990 invasion, that was estimated at $4.6bn.
Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) cited Khaled Al-Mudhaf, chairman of the Public Authority for Assessment of Compensation as saying the country was ready to discuss the issue through the UN Compensation Commission (UNCC). . . . .

Instability Threatening Libya’s Implosion

The Brookings published on September 8th, 2016 this article written by Beverley Milton-Edwards on the current situation of the country that contrary to all beliefs, seems to have some difficulty gathering itself as one country. It is as if at this conjecture, Libya’s implosion is anticipated and that it is a matter of assessing what it means for the West, that is mainly Europe. Libya’s historical difficulties in maintaining unity have left its remote borderlands areas porous with problems of migrants passage. To the point that Instability Threatening Libya’s Implosion is not only anticipated but seriously taken into consideration as of now.
The chaos in the Middle East today is thought to have a clear epicentre: Syria. But as diplomats and policymakers in the United States, Europe, and Russia continue to direct their energies there—including specifically on containing the threat posed by the Islamic State—Libya’s downward spiral has serious implications for the same actors. As such, Libya should be kept within strategic sightlines.