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Could The Syrian Conflict Irrevocably Change Global Geopolitics?

Oct 06, 2015 at 12:38 | Robert Berke

Few meetings ever started with dimmer prospects for success than the recent meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin. The real call for the meeting stemmed from…

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Iran Deal May Redefine The Middle East

Sep 18, 2015 at 16:06 | Robert Berke

 One month after the Iran nuclear deal was concluded, the Middle East is still reeling from profound shock. Long and well established alliances have led to bewildering changes, not only…

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Russia Using Iran Nuclear Deal To Expand Sphere Of Influence

Apr 14, 2015 at 16:06 | Nick Cunningham

The nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations could lead to a flood of new oil hitting global markets. That could result in a significant…

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Yemen Conflict Could Be A Catalyst For Something Much Bigger

Mar 30, 2015 at 18:39 | RFE/RL staff

Yemen is at the center of a proxy war between regional heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia. It's the source of fears of a broader Sunni-Shi'ite conflict.…

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Islamic State To Target Saudi Arabia Next

Mar 10, 2015 at 12:12 | The Jamestown Foundation

The meteoric rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has since styled itself the Islamic State in an affirmation of its broader aspirations…

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ISIS Burn Iraqi Oil Fields To Hold Off Iraqi Offensive

Mar 06, 2015 at 09:54 | ZeroHedge

Thick black smoke billowing from oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit is obstructing Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers attempts to drive ISIS from the…

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Jordanian King Warns Of Impending World War III

Dec 10, 2014 at 14:14 | Claude Salhani

When OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, imposed an oil embargo on the West for its support of Israel in the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war, the French came out…

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Report Finds Gulf States Unstable Despite Resource Wealth

Nov 18, 2014 at 16:06 | Claude Salhani

Sectarian and ethnic tension, religious violence, and terrorism threats appear to be rising trends in the Gulf region according to a new study on the state of security in…

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Islamic State Looks To Mediterranean To Continue Oil Operations

Nov 04, 2014 at 17:49 | Claude Salhani

There is serious concern that the battle for control of Syria by the group calling itself the Islamic State may soon shift from the mountainous region where the fight for…

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How Safe Are Turkey’s Oil And Gas Pipelines?

Oct 30, 2014 at 18:16 | Claude Salhani

Bashar Assad is a man of his word. In 2011, when the civil war began in Syria, President Assad delivered a promise to the international community and a threat to…

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