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Geopolitics / International

On the Right Path

Sep 25, 2013 at 19:07 | Claude Salhani

When looking at a map of the Middle East and North Africa there is little room for optimism with militant Islamists gaining prominence to varying degrees in countries such as…

Iran Claims to be Ready to do a Deal with the US

Sep 24, 2013 at 22:40 | Juan Cole

The United States, France, Germany, the UK, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE form a bloc that are convinced that Iran’s nuclear enrichment program is intended ultimately to produce a…

NSA in Brazilian Spotlight for Spying on Petrobras

Sep 20, 2013 at 17:04 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Tensions are boiling between Brazil and the US over the revelation of NSA spying on Petrobras, in what is a continuation of the case of former NSA contractor…

Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

Aug 28, 2013 at 16:47 | Yossef Bodansky

There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes…

US Terror Warnings in MENA

Aug 09, 2013 at 16:19 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Jailbreaks of al-Qaida suspects in nine countries and chatter among al-Qaida affiliates of a possible attack on Western interests in the Middle East and Africa have prompted the…

A Convenient Revival of the War on Terror

Aug 08, 2013 at 17:24 | Charles Kennedy

The 4 August global travel warning and the closure of US embassies in the Middle East and North Africa are partly based on intercepted communications of al-Qaeda-linked figures and some…

Iran Gets Creative Over Energy Payments from Turkey and Pakistan

Jul 22, 2013 at 15:43 | John Daly

First begun in 1979 following the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran is now subject to three differing sets of sanctions – the U.S., the European Union and…

Ten Reasons Why Egypt is Vital to the US Economy and Security

Jul 18, 2013 at 17:12 | Juan Cole

A Pew poll shows that far fewer Americans are following events in Egypt closely now than in January-February 2011. Actually, about the same percentage are following it “fairly closely”…

Suitably Pacified, Rosneft to Invest in Chechen Oil Infrastructure

Jul 08, 2013 at 17:16 | John Daly

Foreign energy companies will be intrigued to learn that Russia’s turbulent Caucasian republic of Chechnya is now open for investment in its hydrocarbon industry. Chechnya’s troubled relationship with…

POLITICAL ALERTS - Jordan Considers Israeli Gas

Jul 06, 2013 at 13:03 | Editorial Dept

Qatar Emir Cedes Power to SonEmir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (61) ceded power Tuesday to his 33-year-old son, Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani. This is not a…

Heartburn in Washington: India Calls Iran “Critical” to their Energy Future

Jul 03, 2013 at 17:21 | John Daly

It is no secret that the South and East Asian economies have chafed under the multi-layered sanctions adopted by the United States, European Union and United Nations Security council against…

Tourism or Terrorism?

Jun 18, 2013 at 16:52 | Claude Salhani

European tourists, many of whom favor exotic vacation spots such as Turkey and other Middle East destinations, will have to rethink their itineraries this summer. One that promises to be…

India’s Energy Ties with Iran Unsettle Washington

Jun 14, 2013 at 17:09 | John Daly

India’s relentless search for hydrocarbons to fuel its booming economy has managed the rather neat diplomatic trick of annoying Washington, delighting Tehran and intriguing Baghdad, all the while leaving the…

U.S. Sinks Nails in Iranian Economic Coffin

Jun 05, 2013 at 16:54 | Daniel J. Graeber

Oil priced at around $100 per barrel means Iran for May was out around $300 million in oil revenue because of Western economic sanctions. A U.S. Treasury Department official said…

Moscow Eager to Retain Azeri Oil Transit

May 31, 2013 at 16:52 | John Daly

One of the world’s most important energy developments of the past two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 has been the development of the Caspian’s energy…

Fractured US Intelligence Rules out Greater Cooperation with Russia

Apr 29, 2013 at 15:32 | Charles Kennedy

The US intelligence community is in a state of disarray—most recently illustrated by the Boston Marathon Bombings—and the idea of a more structured cooperation with Russian intelligence as a direct…

Boston Marathon Attacks, Chechnya and Oil – the Hidden U.S. Connection

Apr 22, 2013 at 16:28 | John Daly

As Boston and U.S. security agencies congratulate themselves over the apparent neutralization of a pair of Chechens that bombed the Boston Marathon, troubling questions are beginning to arise.First…

Chinese Energy Firms Invade U.S. Neighbors Mexico and Canada

Apr 08, 2013 at 18:16 | John Daly

In 1946, with the U.S.-USSR-British military alliance that had defeated Germany and Japan in World War Two unraveling, U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan cabled a dispatch to Washington advocating a…

VENEZUELA-US: Tell-Tale Signs of Hostile Environment for Investors

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:06 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Maduro expels two US government officials from Venezuela, cutting off informal channels of communication, and the US reciprocates by expelling 2 Venezuelan diplomats, optimism surrounding a post-Chavez…

IRAN-PAKISTAN-CHINA: New Powers Emerge in Strait of Hormuz

Mar 08, 2013 at 10:52 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Last week Pakistan announced that construction on the Pakistani portion of the Iran-Pakistan pipeline will begin on 11 March. This week Iran announced it would build a refinery…

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