Violence threatens to thwart Iraqi oil resurgence By Nicholas Cunningham | January 14, 2014 A wave of violence has swept parts of Iraq at the start of 2014 as the central government fights back against Al-Qaeda aligned militants in Anbar Province. Russia eyes Crimea’s oil and gas reserves By Nicholas Cunningham | March 17, 2014 The ongoing political standoff in Crimea has already halted Ukraine’s oil and gas ambitions. What's next? Russia looks east as relations with Europe deteriorate By Nicholas Cunningham | March 24, 2014 As the standoff between the United States and Russia intensifies, investors get spooked. California Shale Bubble Just Burst By Nicholas Cunningham | May 22, 2014 The great hype surrounding the advent of a shale gas bonanza in California may turn out to be just that: hype.