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Geopolitics / Middle East

Oman Is Vital To Iran And China’s Energy Agenda

Jun 16, 2021 at 14:10 | Simon Watkins

Although Oman’s fiscal breakeven price per barrel of Brent crude oil has fallen to US$61 this year, the fact that it was over US$90 on average for much…

Could Energy Ties Bring Saudi Arabia's Conflict With Iran To An End?

Jun 14, 2021 at 14:25 | Simon Watkins

The relationship between the two great indigenous powers in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia and Iran – has become significantly more nuanced in the past few weeks…

Secret Meeting Between Saudi Arabia And Iran May Trigger Major Policy Change

May 24, 2021 at 18:17 | Simon Watkins

A number of peculiar things have happened in the Middle East in the past few weeks involving the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, all with some sort of focus…

The U.S. Shouldn’t Hold High Hopes For A Pro-West Iranian President

May 17, 2021 at 17:48 | Simon Watkins

The U.S. and Iran have been engaged in on-off talks about the resuscitation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the ‘nuclear deal’ – for some months now…

Conflict In Gaza Threatens U.S. Middle East Strategy

May 14, 2021 at 14:09 | Simon Watkins

The starting point for all sound intelligence analysis of a particular action is to identify who gains from it and what it is that they gain. As the new tit-for-tat…

Hamas Targets Israeli Oil And Nuclear Facilities With Rocket Attacks

May 14, 2021 at 11:10 | ZeroHedge

Hamas' militant wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, announced earlier this week that it is deliberately targeting Israel's secretive Dimona nuclear reactor site, known as the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear…

Iran To Saudi Arabia: Sell Our Oil And We Will Reduce Houthi Attacks

May 13, 2021 at 11:07 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Iran is looking to persuade its regional rival Saudi Arabia to help it to sell Iranian crude oil on international markets in exchange for limiting attacks from the Iran-aligned Houthi…

Iran Nuclear Deal Talks Are Finally Progressing

May 07, 2021 at 16:27 | Charles Kennedy

Russia, China, and the European signatories to the so-called Iran nuclear deal agreed on Friday to intensify talks on bringing the United States and Iran back into the…

Why Iran Will Be Forced To Accept A Much Stricter Nuclear Deal

Apr 19, 2021 at 17:28 | Simon Watkins

Even before the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ‘nuclear deal’ was agreed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, China, Russia plus Germany), the…

Iran Threatens To Cut Nuclear Deal Talks Short ''If Not Constructive''

Apr 15, 2021 at 16:29 | ZeroHedge

Iran is warning that it doesn't plan to let nuclear negotiations "drag on" and has threatened to cut talks short if they are "not constructive". The fresh warning…

Iran Blames Israel For Sabotage Of Nuclear Site

Apr 12, 2021 at 11:56 | Charles Kennedy

Iran is blaming Israel for what it says was sabotage on its Natanz nuclear site over the weekend and vowed revenge against the perpetrators. Iran uses the Natanz site…

Houthi Rebels Launch Missile Attack On Saudi Oil Terminal

Mar 26, 2021 at 09:17 | Tsvetana Paraskova

A petroleum products distribution terminal in Jizan, Saudi Arabia, was attacked late on Thursday local time, the Kingdom said, blaming the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and vowing to take measures to…

Saudi Arabia Sidelined By Biden's Middle East Strategy

Mar 22, 2021 at 17:36 | Simon Watkins

After the first oil price war launched by the Saudis against the then-nascent U.S. shale sector in 2014, Washington took the view that the Kingdom had broken the core…

Saudi Arabia Proposes Ceasefire In Yemen Conflict

Mar 22, 2021 at 12:06 | Julianne Geiger

Saudi Arabia has proposed a ceasefire to the war in Yemen on Monday. The ceasefire was suggested by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and comes after a…

Saudi Arabia Must Prepare For More Attacks On Its Oil Industry

Mar 15, 2021 at 17:55 | Simon Watkins

As highlighted in OilPrice.com just after the last major attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities on 14 September 2019, there are many positive aspects from Iran’s perspective in pursuing…

China Makes Move On Riyadh As Washington Considers Sanctions

Mar 03, 2021 at 13:13 | James Durso

Panda Express isn’t just a fast-food chain in Saudi Arabia. Soon it’ll be the daily Air China flight bringing Chinese businessmen and officials to the kingdom. Saudi Arabia recently achieved…

Has Iran Massively Underestimated Joe Biden?

Jan 11, 2021 at 17:45 | Simon Watkins

Iran has been waiting since former U.S. President, Donald Trump, unilaterally pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 and then re-imposed sanctions…

UAE Oil Takes Center Stage In U.S. Pushback Against China

Jan 07, 2021 at 16:36 | Simon Watkins

Abu Dhabi – the oil powerhouse at the centre of the U.S.’s pushback against increasing Chinese influence across the Middle East - last…

UAE Oil Is A Vital Geopolitical Weapon Against China's Middle East Expansion

Dec 03, 2020 at 17:34 | Simon Watkins

The key corporate proxy at the centre of the U.S.’s Middle East pushback against increasing Chinese and Russian influence across the region – the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC)…

Saudi Arabia Says It Foiled Houthi Attack On Oil Facility

Nov 13, 2020 at 09:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Saudi Arabia has thwarted a planned attack with explosives against an oil products terminal near the border with Yemen, the Kingdom said early on Friday, adding that the attempted attack…

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