[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the January 2019 edition of Oil and Gas Investor. Subscribe to the magazine here.]

Welcome to 2019. Please keep a defibrillator charged and within reach.

Last year, the industry seemed to gingerly try the recovery on. Optimism returned despite an unhealthy diet of trade wars, oil price volatility and a tantrum-prone public market.

But an underlying arrhythmia has developed as international politics continue to take an outsized role in the price of a barrel of oil and the broader economy.

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