Energy Comments Publications

OIES researchers publish in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as producing or authoring policy briefs, technical reports, and op-eds. Below is a selection of non-OIES publications by OIES staff.

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  • Mergers and the Oil Eldorado

    By: Robert Mabro

    This article was first published in Middle East Economic Survey February 1st 1999. The merger frenzy to which the oil industry is succumbing today should not be attributed to the recent price collapse. Prices fall and rise in the short period; mergers are designed to last for a much longer while. Companies seek to merge, […]

  • Caspian Oil and Gas: A Game, if not a Great Game

    By: Paul Horsnell

    This comment first appeared in the International Institute of Strategic Studies Strategic Survey. The analogy between the strategic aspects of the development of energy in the Caspian region and the ‘great game’ of the competition between Britain and Russia for influence over the region is often drawn, with its allusions to high level bipolar superpower […]

  • The Strange Case of the Missing Barrels

    By: Paul Horsnell

    At the time of writing, oil prices are testing lows last seen (in nominal terms) in 1973, with the severity of the 1998 oil price crisis now greater than that of 1986. The speed of adjustment in oil markets, and the sharp price changes occasioned by each new piece of information that hits the news […]