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Geopolitics / Middle East

Syrian Rebel Groups Vie for Saudi Funding and Weapons

Nov 07, 2013 at 16:59 | ISN Security Watch

Various Syrian rebel groups have announced a spate of mergers and alliances over the past month. In theory, the trend is a welcome sign that the opposition’s extreme fragmentation is…

Why Syria is Important to Iran?

Nov 05, 2013 at 17:06 | Claude Salhani

Remember Bill Clinton’s catchy slogan “it’s all about the economy, stupid?"  Well when it comes to the Middle East, it’s all about the oil.  The wars, the disputes, the bickering,…

Turkey’s Zorlu Group Fights for Israel Pipeline

Nov 05, 2013 at 17:04 | Joao Peixe

While talks between Israel and Turkey over a joint pipeline have been quietly proceeding for some time, Turkish conglomerate Zorlu Energy for the first time last week told reporters it…

Sanctions Have Only Steeled Iran against US, and Given Power to China

Nov 04, 2013 at 17:02 | Economywatch

Washington sanctions on Iran have undermined the very goals that it would like to achieve. Rather than engaging Tehran, the sanctions are reinforcing the hardliners; isolating moderate sections of Iran’s…

Syrian Conflict Moves Closer to Iraq

Nov 01, 2013 at 17:11 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Syrian regime leader Bashir al-Assad has a tougher grip on power than he has since the start of the conflict, but it is far from over, and clashes…

Kurds Complete Game-Changing Pipeline to Turkey

Nov 01, 2013 at 17:08 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Kurdistan’s leverage over the central Iraqi authorities in Baghdad gets a major boost with the much-anticipated completion of a pipeline directly to Turkey.Analysis: Kurdistan’s leverage over…

Oil and Politics: Who will Take over from the US in the Middle East?

Oct 29, 2013 at 18:20 | Claude Salhani

There is little doubt that politics as we knew it in the Middle East is changing right before our very eyes and with that shift in politics will unavoidably come…

This Week in Energy: Iran Creeps Back

Oct 25, 2013 at 15:48 | Editorial Dept

For months, and since elections in Iran, Oil & Energy Insider has been telling its premium subscribers to watch out for Iran because it’s getting back into the oil…

Why Iran's Influence May Decide Pakistan's Energy Fate

Oct 23, 2013 at 17:12 | Daniel J. Graeber

U.S. President Barack Obama met Wednesday with Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif in the Oval Office. Their meeting followed on the heels of a damning report from Amnesty International questioning the…

Clash of the Oil Titans

Oct 22, 2013 at 16:54 | Claude Salhani

Saudi Arabia and Iran, two titans of the oil industry, are heading for a headlong confrontation in what could result in a destructive and devastating new episode of conflict in…

Syria, the Next Phase

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:03 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Watch now as the original Syrian rebels float back to Assad, who becomes the “savior” of Syria and the only force capable of dealing with the radical, al-Qaeda-linked…

Roadblocks on Iraq’s Leap of Faith to Oil Success

Oct 08, 2013 at 17:11 | Saltanat Berdikeeva

Iraq stands as one of the major wildcards in the global energy market. Its ultimate success or failure as an oil powerhouse hinges on the outcome of its turbulent transition…

Oil-Rich Kurds Squeezed in Iraq

Oct 07, 2013 at 17:25 | Daniel J. Graeber

A state-owned energy company in the United Arab Emirates said Monday it received approval from the semiautonomous Kurdish government in Iraq to start developing an oil prospect there. With 30,000…

Massive Investor Risk in Turkey as Erdogan Takes on Koc

Sep 27, 2013 at 20:31 | Editorial Dept

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has decided to take on the biggest family in the country in the form of Koc Holding. The markets don’t like it all, and the…

Iran Back in the Game?

Sep 27, 2013 at 20:24 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The UK is close to making a thaw between Iran and the West a tangible reality by considering allowing BP to resume work with Iran, and Europe is…

Engaging Iran in Syria

Sep 20, 2013 at 17:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The Syrian army has resumed its offensive with renewed vigor after the US backed down from a decision to strike Syria and accept a Russian diplomatic solution in…

Syria: As the World Backs Off, the Jihadists Attack

Sep 18, 2013 at 18:04 | Yossef Bodansky

The military and political dynamic in and around Syria continued to escalate since late in the week ending September 14, 2013, and more so in the days after that (September…

Kurdistan: Turkish Power Brokers String Along UAE Producers

Sep 13, 2013 at 15:28 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Taqa (Abu Dhabi National Energy) seeks approval to pump 30,000 barrels per day from its field in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurds drag their feet as influential Turkish…

How the US and Russia can Achieve Peace in Syria

Sep 11, 2013 at 19:48 | Chris Mansur

On August 21, it was reported that several towns in Syria’s Ghouta region were hit with chemical agents. The UN team responsible for investigating the attacks has since returned to…

Will Saudi and Qatari Involvement in the Syrian War Impact their Economies?

Sep 10, 2013 at 17:07 | Claude Salhani

Have you ever wondered why a country like Qatar got involved in the Syrian conflict? Why did a tiny Arab state, the third smallest Arab country, (after Lebanon and Bahrain)…

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