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Geopolitics / Middle East

How Close Are Kurds To Establishing Full Independence?

May 26, 2017 at 15:12 | ISN Security Watch

OK, so how close are Iraqi Kurds to establishing their own independent state in Northern Iraq? In this article, Gallia Lindenstrauss and Adrien Cluzet analyze the myriad factors that have…

Saudi Power Struggle Could Destabilize The Entire Middle East

May 03, 2017 at 16:32 | Cyril Widdershoven

Political instability in Saudi Arabia is growing as King Salman bin Abdulaziz begins to overhaul the Saudi government, putting a long list of family members into positions of influence while…

Oil Politics Driving Libya Closer To Failure

May 02, 2017 at 14:42 | Zainab Calcuttawala

A rift has opened between Libya’s U.N.-backed government and its powerful National Oil Corporation (NOC), threatening the fractured country’s political cohesion and its nascent petroleum-industry recovery. On Monday, NOC…

Saudi Arabia Thwarts Attempted Attack On Aramco Facility

Apr 26, 2017 at 11:43 | Zainab Calcuttawala

It seems the violence in Yemen may be spilling over into Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, the KSA’s state-run media agency reported an attempted attack on an oil product distribution…

How The Saudi Rift With Egypt Is Spiraling Out Of Control

Jan 24, 2017 at 11:31 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia’s rift with Egypt is spiraling out of control, with major strategic ramifications for both countries, as well as for the Yemen conflict and other Red Sea security challenges.…

Iran And Turkey Court The KRG For Oil

May 30, 2016 at 16:09 | Tugce Varol

Two years ago, while Kurdish oil was flowing to Turkey’s port of Ceyhan, Iran and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) signed a natural gas-for-oil agreement that included…

Did The Saudis Exaggerate Their U.S. Treasury Holdings?

May 17, 2016 at 09:49 | ZeroHedge

In the aftermath of Saudi Arabia's explicit threat to sell off U.S. Treasuries (of which according to the NYT it had some $750 billion) should the…

Turkey, At Energy Crossroads, Sliding Towards Authoritarianism

May 09, 2016 at 16:27 | Irina Slav

Last week’s resignation of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu has marked one more stepping stone in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s path to authoritarian rule. Erdogan has…

Struggle For Libya’s Oil Wealth Reaches Climax

Apr 08, 2016 at 16:28 | Moutaz Ali

TRIPOLI—The battle for control over Libya is the battle to control Libya’s oil wealth, and it reached its climax on 7 April when the National Oil…

How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

Feb 16, 2016 at 16:48 | Gregory R. Copley

The Government of Turkey has now put itself in a position whereby it must act rapidly and precipitously to avoid moving to an ultimately losing strategic…

Israeli Minister Stirs Pot With Call For Independent Kurdish Nation

Jan 28, 2016 at 15:34 | Julianne Geiger

In an unexpected geopolitical twist to a new phase of Turkish-Israeli relations, Israel has called for an independent Kurdish nation, which can only be based on…

How Terrorist Groups Benefit from Low Oil Prices

Jan 20, 2016 at 16:58 | Julianne Geiger

Terrorists have struck in the heart of Indonesia; the uber violent Boko Haram is rampaging across Nigeria; and ISIS is … everywhere. While the knee-jerk reaction is to ask how…

Does The U.S. Have A Middle East Strategy Going Forward?

Jan 12, 2016 at 16:14 | Gregory R. Copley

Senior-level sources in numerous Middle Eastern governments have privately expressed bewilderment at recent and current U.S. government strategies and policies toward the region. But a closer…

Saudi Arabia Throws Down The Gauntlet, But To Whom?

Jan 06, 2016 at 16:48 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia’s Sudeiri-line leadership of the House of Sa’ud began 2016 with a major push to save its position and control of the Kingdom. It was…

Why Is The U.S. Reluctant To Bomb ISIS Oil Fields?

Dec 02, 2015 at 16:05 | Ryan Opsal

There has been some revealing new information coming out recently regarding the strategy against ISIS. One aspect many find troubling is the apparent failure of U.S.…

Egypt’s Return To Strategic And Economic Centrality

Oct 23, 2015 at 15:33 | Gregory R. Copley

Egypt is in the process of rebuilding its capabilities and its prestige. On October 18 and 19, 2015, it held the first round of its legislative…

Qatar And Saudi Arabia Threatening To Escalate Syrian Conflict

Oct 23, 2015 at 12:00 | ZeroHedge

Earlier this week, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir had the following message for Tehran: "We wish that Iran would change its policies and stop meddling in…

The Beginning Of A Dynamic Century In The Middle East

Oct 20, 2015 at 15:45 | Gregory R. Copley

Historical trends are combining once again to make the Mediterranean-Red Sea-Indian Ocean linkage the nexus in a dynamic phase of the evolving global strategic architecture. The relationships of states within…

Russia Is Still Limited In What It Can Achieve In Syria

Oct 16, 2015 at 15:47 | The Jamestown Foundation

The Russian air bombing campaign in Syria began on September 30, with about 20 sorties a day. The bombing drastically increased on October 8, to over 60 sorties and reached…

Can Russia Really Afford Its Military Campaign In Syria?

Oct 13, 2015 at 16:57 | RFE/RL staff

 Rough estimates suggest that Moscow has spent at least $87 million for air and cruise-missile strikes in the first two weeks of its bombing campaign in Syria that began September…

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