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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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Israeli Minister Stirs Pot With Call For Independent Kurdish Nation

Jan 28, 2016 at 15:34 | Julianne Geiger

In an unexpected geopolitical twist to a new phase of Turkish-Israeli relations, Israel has called for an independent Kurdish nation, which can only be based on…

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How Terrorist Groups Benefit from Low Oil Prices

Jan 20, 2016 at 16:58 | Julianne Geiger

Terrorists have struck in the heart of Indonesia; the uber violent Boko Haram is rampaging across Nigeria; and ISIS is … everywhere. While the knee-jerk reaction is to ask how…

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Does The U.S. Have A Middle East Strategy Going Forward?

Jan 12, 2016 at 16:14 | Gregory R. Copley

Senior-level sources in numerous Middle Eastern governments have privately expressed bewilderment at recent and current U.S. government strategies and policies toward the region. But a closer…

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Saudi Arabia Throws Down The Gauntlet, But To Whom?

Jan 06, 2016 at 16:48 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia’s Sudeiri-line leadership of the House of Sa’ud began 2016 with a major push to save its position and control of the Kingdom. It was…

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Why Is The U.S. Reluctant To Bomb ISIS Oil Fields?

Dec 02, 2015 at 16:05 | Ryan Opsal

There has been some revealing new information coming out recently regarding the strategy against ISIS. One aspect many find troubling is the apparent failure of U.S.…

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Egypt’s Return To Strategic And Economic Centrality

Oct 23, 2015 at 15:33 | Gregory R. Copley

Egypt is in the process of rebuilding its capabilities and its prestige. On October 18 and 19, 2015, it held the first round of its legislative…

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Qatar And Saudi Arabia Threatening To Escalate Syrian Conflict

Oct 23, 2015 at 12:00 | ZeroHedge

Earlier this week, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir had the following message for Tehran: "We wish that Iran would change its policies and stop meddling in…

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The Beginning Of A Dynamic Century In The Middle East

Oct 20, 2015 at 15:45 | Gregory R. Copley

Historical trends are combining once again to make the Mediterranean-Red Sea-Indian Ocean linkage the nexus in a dynamic phase of the evolving global strategic architecture. The relationships of states within…

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