Welcome to the 2018 edition of Getting the Deal Through – Energy Disputes. We write this edition at a pivotal time for global politics and, consequently, for the global energy industry. While earnings have dwindled for some companies, others have begun to see brighter prospects ahead. Oil from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Algeria continues to move away from the United States and towards heightened competition in markets in Asia and elsewhere. Future energy demand is increasingly difficult to predict as technologies, policies and investor risks continue to change and evolve.