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Putin’s Plan In The South China Sea

Putin’s Plan In The South China Sea

Despite no claims in the…

The Risk Of A Major Oil Outage Just Grew Substantially

The Risk Of A Major Oil Outage Just Grew Substantially

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Islamic State Battles Kurds Over Border Town To Maintain Oil Trade

Oct 08, 2014 at 18:00 | Claude Salhani

Islamic State militants have been fighting for the past week for control of a key town straddling the Syrian-Turkish border. A victory by IS in Kobani, better known in…

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‘Moderate Iran’ Still Only After One Thing

Sep 25, 2014 at 16:28 | Mansour Kashfi

Iranian Oil, Gas and International SanctionsThe Iranian petroleum industry was a very effective organization before the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)…

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Azerbaijan’s Geopolitical Importance Goes Beyond Oil and Gas

Sep 23, 2014 at 17:56 | Claude Salhani

The Middle East is being consumed by some of the worst violence in its history, caused by Arabs themselves amidst unprecedented cruelty and destruction. At the rate the fighting is…

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Oil: A Blessing And A Curse For The Middle East

Sep 17, 2014 at 14:50 | Claude Salhani

What exactly is at stake in the battle for control of the Middle East, other than the obvious -- the region’s abundant oil and natural gas? And why is it…

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Islamic State’s Ultimate Goal: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wells

Sep 09, 2014 at 17:01 | Claude Salhani

For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from…

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3 Things A Deal With Iran Would Likely Include

Aug 25, 2014 at 17:21 | Global Risk Insights

In mid-July, negotiators from the so-called P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union) reached a mutual agreement with Iran to extend an interim…

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U.S. Airstrikes Against IS Won’t Be Enough

Aug 12, 2014 at 17:22 | Claude Salhani

The followers of the new so-called Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, have been on the rampage again this week, wreaking havoc and sowing death and destruction across Iraq. If…

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Does UAE Conscription Law Signal the End of the Dream?

Aug 05, 2014 at 16:50 | Claude Salhani

The United Arab Emirates announced in June that it is introducing compulsory military service for all male citizens aged between 18 and 30 and setting up a new national…

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Iran’s Return Prompts Changes to Saudi Arabia Energy Strategy

Feb 10, 2014 at 16:22 | Global Risk Insights

As the Iranian nuclear deal begins to take effect and international pressure on the regime continues to diminish, Gulf nations have begun re-establishing diplomatic and economic relations with their once-distant…

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A Month of Panic in Iraq

Feb 07, 2014 at 14:55 | Editorial Dept

As we have noted on numerous occasions, despite the continued influx of investment in Iraq, the situation is untenable and each month moves closer to an all-out civil war. First,…

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