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Turkmenistan Walks Tightrope Between Russia And The West

Turkmenistan Walks Tightrope Between Russia And The West

Turkmenistan continues its diplomatic dance,…

Armenia Leans West Amid Strained Ties With Russia

Armenia Leans West Amid Strained Ties With Russia

Amid rising tensions and perceived…

Geopolitics / International

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…

Pakistan Thumbs Nose at U.S. on Energy

Mar 05, 2013 at 15:34 | Daniel J. Graeber

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari may head to Iran next week for the formal launch of the construction of a natural gas pipeline that's been in the works for roughly…

Be Careful: Russia is Back to Stay in the Middle East

Feb 25, 2013 at 16:58 | Felix Imonti

Russia is back.  President Vladimir Putin wants the world to acknowledge that Russia remains a global power.  He is making his stand in Syria.The Soviet Union acquired the…

TURKEY-ISRAEL: Gas Pipeline Rumors Are Geopolitically Tectonic

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:28 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Israel and Turkey are flirting with the idea of building a gas pipeline from Israel’s Leviathan Basin directly to Turkey to supply European markets. For gas-starved Turkey, this…

Rhetoric Increases as Falkland Referendum Looms

Feb 20, 2013 at 17:05 | Charles Kennedy

Next month will determine the eventual fate of the Falkland Islands—and the 1.4 billion barrels of oil so far discovered there—when a referendum on self-determination is held. In…

The Real Reason Behind Argentina's Renewed Interest in the Falkland Islands

Feb 12, 2013 at 16:44 | Charles Kennedy

Argentina is persisting with its claims to the Falkland Islands, perhaps with a dangerous insistence that many in London had underestimated. Hector Timerman, the Argentine Foreign Minister, recently made outlandish…

Turkish Leftist Group Claims Ankara Bombing

Feb 08, 2013 at 14:17 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A leftist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing of the US Embassy in Ankara, but if this is a message about Turkey’s role in the Syrian conflict…

Does Russia Have Anything to Fear from Chavez's Failing Health?

Feb 01, 2013 at 14:11 | Editorial Dept

Incident: Russia makes moves to deepen its energy cooperation with Venezuela, with Rosneft announcing a planned $10 billion investment in offshore oil and natural projects and the creation of a…

Could we See a Revolt in Azerbaijan?

Feb 01, 2013 at 14:10 | Editorial Dept

Incident: Azerbaijan is experiencing an unusual amount of unrest as protesters take a stance against corruption and challenge the authority of Azerbaijani strongman Ilham Aliyev, who has responded with a…

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