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How Close Are Kurds To Establishing Full Independence?

May 26, 2017 at 15:12 | ISN Security Watch

OK, so how close are Iraqi Kurds to establishing their own independent state in Northern Iraq? In this article, Gallia Lindenstrauss and Adrien Cluzet analyze the myriad factors that have…

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Saudi Power Struggle Could Destabilize The Entire Middle East

May 03, 2017 at 16:32 | Cyril Widdershoven

Political instability in Saudi Arabia is growing as King Salman bin Abdulaziz begins to overhaul the Saudi government, putting a long list of family members into positions of influence while…

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Oil Politics Driving Libya Closer To Failure

May 02, 2017 at 14:42 | Zainab Calcuttawala

A rift has opened between Libya’s U.N.-backed government and its powerful National Oil Corporation (NOC), threatening the fractured country’s political cohesion and its nascent petroleum-industry recovery. On Monday, NOC…

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Saudi Arabia Thwarts Attempted Attack On Aramco Facility

Apr 26, 2017 at 11:43 | Zainab Calcuttawala

It seems the violence in Yemen may be spilling over into Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, the KSA’s state-run media agency reported an attempted attack on an oil product distribution…

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How The Saudi Rift With Egypt Is Spiraling Out Of Control

Jan 24, 2017 at 11:31 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia’s rift with Egypt is spiraling out of control, with major strategic ramifications for both countries, as well as for the Yemen conflict and other Red Sea security challenges.…

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Iran And Turkey Court The KRG For Oil

May 30, 2016 at 16:09 | Tugce Varol

Two years ago, while Kurdish oil was flowing to Turkey’s port of Ceyhan, Iran and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) signed a natural gas-for-oil agreement that included…

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Did The Saudis Exaggerate Their U.S. Treasury Holdings?

May 17, 2016 at 09:49 | ZeroHedge

In the aftermath of Saudi Arabia's explicit threat to sell off U.S. Treasuries (of which according to the NYT it had some $750 billion) should the…

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Turkey, At Energy Crossroads, Sliding Towards Authoritarianism

May 09, 2016 at 16:27 | Irina Slav

Last week’s resignation of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu has marked one more stepping stone in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s path to authoritarian rule. Erdogan has…

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Struggle For Libya’s Oil Wealth Reaches Climax

Apr 08, 2016 at 16:28 | Moutaz Ali

TRIPOLI—The battle for control over Libya is the battle to control Libya’s oil wealth, and it reached its climax on 7 April when the National Oil…

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How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

Feb 16, 2016 at 16:48 | Gregory R. Copley

The Government of Turkey has now put itself in a position whereby it must act rapidly and precipitously to avoid moving to an ultimately losing strategic…

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