The report Resources Futures shows that in the decade 2000-10, the price volatility of major commodities increased by more than factor six.
That view [that Labour would keep its options open on a referendum] was reflected in Miliband's recent broadcast interviews and the definitive speech to Chatham House delivered by the shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander.
In June 2012, the government made some changes to its policies, allowing foreign retailers to operate with less restrictions in the country. This, according to Gareth Price, was aimed at building up much-needed infrastructure in particular in the agricultural sector.
Jon Marks said the governments involved quickly woke up to the potentially huge ramifications of how narrowly they had avoided a much bigger disaster.
Until Wednesday's attack, companies had been exploring for or producing oil and gas in Algeria's heavily militarized southern desert area for years without major incident. In fact, the remote locations were seen as a strength, with many oil companies likening desert operating conditions to those seen on offshore production rigs, says Claire Spencer.
Dr Claire Spencer has tracked jihadist and nationalist insurgent groups such as AQIM for decades and believes their opportunities across such vast territories are enormous.