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Yemen's Push Into the Gas Sector Fails to Stimulate Great Excitement and Raises Disturbing Questions

Mar 03, 2010 at 13:54 | Fawzia Sheikh

With Yemen’s oil revenues plunging, the government’s push into the gas market seemed like an economic saving grace for a state wracked by poverty and terrorism, but analysts warn more…

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Kurds Push for Oil Law with Baghdad Amid South's Sudden Bright Future

Feb 24, 2010 at 12:54 | Fawzia Sheikh

While the Iraqi government has made overtures to its Kurdish counterpart in the north to end an oil standoff, much remains in doubt without an actual law keeping the industry…

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Iran Unfazed By Congressional Threats of New Energy Sanctions

Feb 09, 2010 at 20:54 | Fawzia Sheikh

U.S. lawmakers are toughening their stance on Iran’s energy industry with new economic penalties, but experts doubt the Islamic regime will pay much attention and is more likely to open…

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As the Middle East Peace Talks Hit Deadlock, Talk of Israel Joining the European Union Increases

Feb 02, 2010 at 19:32 | Claude Salhani

The Middle East peace talks are at a deadlock. Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to move ahead with the plan established by the so-called Quartet – the US., U.N.,…

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Media and Political Hysteria Over Yemen Hides a Deeper Strategic Matrix of Long-Term Importance

Jan 19, 2010 at 15:37 | Gregory R. Copley

US and Western European political leaders have begun to focus on Yemen as a source of projected instability and as a haven for jihadist terrorism against the West. This simplistic…

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Sharoudi Emerging as Candidate to Replace Khamene'i as Iranian "Supreme Leader"

Jan 05, 2010 at 17:53 | Yossef Bodansky

Very senior officials in several Persian Gulf states have confirmed to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs a growing volume of whispers coming from Tehran since mid-December 2009 which identify Iranian Ayatollah…

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Iran to Surge to a Hegemonic Position in the Middle East Without a Major War

Jan 01, 2010 at 23:56 | Yossef Bodansky

Despite the lingering demonstrations and disorder in Tehran, Iran’s ruling mullahs are confident anew in their country’s ability to surge to a hegemonic position in the Middle East without a…

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Interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan Set to Collide, With Global Implications

Dec 29, 2009 at 21:16 | Yossef Bodansky

The coming year: 2010, will see a growing clash of conflicting mega-trends in the Afghanistan-Pakistan theater; trends which will ultimately have long-term impact not only on the region, but on…

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Iraq to Challenge Saudi Arabia for the Position of World's Largest Oil Producer, if...

Dec 27, 2009 at 20:08 | Tejinder Singh

Baghdad is coming of age in its own backyard with the awarding of contracts for developing its oil reserves while taking care of its assets as evident from its tough…

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Arab Leaders Finally Awake to Growing Iranian Threat

Dec 23, 2009 at 14:04 | Claude Salhani

In order to survive revolutions must continue to propagate themselves or else they die; that was true of revolutions on the left that saw their golden years in the late…

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