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North Korean-Iranian Military Cooperation Raises Alarm in the West

North Korean-Iranian Military Cooperation Raises Alarm in the West

Increased military cooperation between North…

EU Unleashes Sweeping Sanctions Against Moscow and Minsk

EU Unleashes Sweeping Sanctions Against Moscow and Minsk

The European Commission presents a…

Geopolitics / International

How an Iran-US Deal Would Change the Strategic Landscape

Nov 19, 2013 at 17:00 | Gregory R. Copley

A rapprochement between the US and Iran — now possible because of the domestic political needs of both governments — would change the global strategic landscape. A strategic rapprochement between…

Inside Intelligence: Peace Through Energy & Iranian Negotiations

Nov 15, 2013 at 16:04 | Editorial Dept

Security Risk RankingsThis week we are introducing our new security risk ranking system designed to provide investors and potential investors with a continual look at the changing security…

Does Iran's Energy Future Hinge on Nuclear Talks?

Nov 13, 2013 at 16:34 | Daniel J. Graeber

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said this week tightening sanctions on Iran "would be a mistake." Iran since President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration this year has launched a charm offensive…

Nuclear Talks with Iran Intensify as Deal Emerges

Nov 08, 2013 at 12:01 | RFE/RL staff

Intense negotiations are under way in nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, as top diplomats have begun arriving to Geneva to help reach a tentative deal with the Islamic…

Turkey Strengthens its Links with China, Japan, and South Korea

Oct 31, 2013 at 18:00 | ISN Security Watch

Northeast Asia’s three leading economies all see the geopolitical benefits of aligning themselves more closely with Turkey. Ankara is happy to reciprocate, argues Selcuk Colakoglu, but not in ways that…

Canada and China Deepen Cooperation but Potential Roadblocks Loom

Oct 24, 2013 at 17:37 | Robert M Cutler

High-level meetings between Asian partners for Canada's energy resources have continued with the reception of the latter’s Governor General David Johnston by the formers Premier Li Keqiang. Johnston has a…

US President Must Address Human Rights Abuses in Iran to Enhance His Negotiating

Oct 15, 2013 at 16:48 | Mansour Kashfi

President Obama said “I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over…

China Outmaneuvers U.S. in Energy Game

Oct 11, 2013 at 22:05 | Daniel J. Graeber

The International Energy Agency said last week the United States is set to pass Russia as the largest oil producer outside of OPEC. New drilling technology for shale deposits in…

What Russia’s Arctic Attack on Greenpeace is Really About

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:06 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The recent detention of Greenpeace activists in the Arctic display Russian fears of losing absolute control over Arctic waters and specifically over the Northern Sea Route that makes…

How Global Economies will Change Once Robots Replace Soldiers

Oct 08, 2013 at 16:56 | Claude Salhani

If you thought the use of drones was a bad idea, think again. It was just the tip of the iceberg. What is to come is on a par with…

Iran’s Economic Liberalization Hangs on a Looming Internal Confrontation

Oct 04, 2013 at 17:00 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As we have mentioned previously, the 14 June election in Iran has markedly changed the political landscape and increased the chances for economic liberalization and growth, and there…

Middle East and North Africa to be Split into 14 Independent States?

Oct 02, 2013 at 17:13 | Claude Salhani

A recent report emerged earlier this week indicating that five countries in the Middle East and North Africa could soon split up to reform themselves as 14 different independent states.

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”…

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