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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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Israel’s Oil Platforms in Jeopardy and the Samson Syndrome

Feb 04, 2014 at 17:11 | Claude Salhani

Are Hezbollah and Israel preparing for the next war? Everything seems to indicate that they are, despite the fact that all logic dictates that they should not. A number…

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How OPEC Could be Threatened by Iraq’s Re-Emergence as a Major Oil Producer

Jan 29, 2014 at 17:00 | Energy Post

Iraq is returning to an energy market which is radically different than the one it was forced to leave years ago, and its OPEC partners now also have a different…

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Iraqi Government Threatens Action Against Kurds as Oil Exports Set to Begin

Jan 28, 2014 at 17:34 | Nick Cunningham

Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs firmly stated the central government will take action, “including fiscal measures,” if Kurdistan begins exporting oil without coming to an agreement with…

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Where is US Foreign Policy these Days?

Jan 28, 2014 at 17:22 | Claude Salhani

There is a remarkable absence of a comprehensive US foreign policy in the Middle East with the Obama administration missing the beat on just about every major event in the…

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The Iran Momentum: Hard to Slow, Hard to Control

Jan 24, 2014 at 16:12 | Editorial Dept

Iranian officials are now beginning the suspension of production of 20% enriched uranium, under a six-month agreement that will give Iran increased access to funds held overseas (over $4 billion…

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UAE to Invest $1.2bn in Kurdish Oil

Jan 22, 2014 at 16:53 | Charles Kennedy

Majority state-owned UAE national oil company has announced plans to invest some $1.2 billion in the development of a key oil and gas block in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.…

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Winds of Change are Shifting in Arabia

Jan 21, 2014 at 17:04 | Claude Salhani

Throughout the years of the Cold War the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was the stability that kept the tumultuous Middle East in check. The kingdom counted on silent diplomacy…

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Is Iraq's House Too Divided for Oil?

Jan 15, 2014 at 16:53 | Daniel J. Graeber

During trading on the London stock exchange Wednesday, stock in Genel Energy took a nose dive after it announced imminent exports of Kurdish oil from Turkey. While western Iraq is…

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