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Geopolitics / Middle East

Syrian Chemical Attack: More Evidence Only Leads to More Questions

Sep 10, 2013 at 16:27 | Yossef Bodansky

Accumulating new evidence regarding the August 21, 2013, chemical attack in Ghouta, eastern Damascus, raises most basic questions. The recent findings point increasingly toward the conclusion that it was indeed…

Saudi Arabia’s National Security Relies on a New Deal with the US

Sep 06, 2013 at 17:40 | ISN Security Watch

The cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s national security strategy has been the de facto alliance with the United States that has been in place since 1932. The basic bargain was, that…

Mideast Oil Loses Some of its Power

Sep 03, 2013 at 17:27 | Claude Salhani

On his way back from the Yalta conference in February 1945 where US President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with Great Britain’s Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union’s Stalin, the American…

Saudi Prince Bandar Schemes in Syria

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:11 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Following what happens next in Syria means following the machinations of Saudi Prince Bandar. Analysis: Saudi Prince…

Iranian Gas for Ukraine?

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Iran has plenty of gas and is now looking to Ukraine (via Iraq and Moldova) for a new market.

Let the War Begin!

Aug 27, 2013 at 17:03 | Claude Salhani

The battle for Syria is about to begin and the major players are lining up for a confrontation that may have far reaching consequences.US Secretary of State John…

Could the Chemical Attack in Ghouta be the Markale of the Syrian War

Aug 22, 2013 at 17:01 | Yossef Bodansky

In August 1995, Western governments, and particularly the Bill Clinton White House, were in great quandary. The negotiations with the Serbs were going well as Pres. Slobodan Milosevic was demonstrating…

Oil-Rich Iraqi Kurds May Go it Alone

Aug 19, 2013 at 17:26 | Daniel J. Graeber

More than 5 million people live in the northern semiautonomous Kurdish provinces isolated from much of the violence plaguing Iraq. The area was shielded from most of the ravages of…

India and China Ignore US Sanctions Against Iran

Aug 14, 2013 at 18:58 | Juan Cole

The US House of Representatives approved a bill at the beginning of this month aimed at completely closing off Iranian petroleum exports. Not since President Roosevelt told Japan in…

Syria, Kurds, Jihadists and Hydrocarbons

Aug 09, 2013 at 16:32 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The retaking of rebel-central Homs last week by the Syrian regime marks a turning point in the conflict, while a secondary battle between the Kurds and radical Sunni…

Iran-Iraq-Syria Pipeline Must Tempt Europe

Aug 02, 2013 at 13:18 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Iraqi, Syrian and Iranian oil ministers meet in southern Iran to sign an MOU for the construction of the tri-country gas pipeline; a new picture emerges from…

A Cry from the Heart: Syria and the Mathematics of War

Jul 30, 2013 at 18:07 | Claude Salhani

Take a good look at the horrific pictures all over the Internet today showing the massive destruction to the city of Homs, in Syria, and then come back to this…

Waiting on Egypt for Oil & Gas Investment

Jul 26, 2013 at 15:30 | Editorial Dept

Whither Egypt and its nearly 4.4 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and 77 trillion cubic feet of natural gas? Well, it’s never been a cakewalk, getting energy-starved Egypt’s development…

Is it Possible that the Ongoing Events in Syria and Egypt were Planned?

Jul 23, 2013 at 18:04 | Claude Salhani

Many are those within the governments in Washington, London, Brussels, Paris and other major capitals cities, who are burning the midnight oil trying to think ahead as to what may…

Again, We Bring You Oryx

Jul 19, 2013 at 22:42 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Swiss billionaire Jean Claude Gandur’s Oryx Petroleum Corp. could hit it big again in property adjacent to its key acreage in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq, and we should know…

Is the West Turning Away from Middle East Energy?

Jul 17, 2013 at 16:59 | Daniel J. Graeber

Russian energy company Gazprom said this week it was considering sending a delegation to Algeria to review the prospects for more energy work.  The Russian energy giant said it was…

New Pipeline from Kurdistan to Turkey Poses Risk for Relationship with Iraq

Jul 17, 2013 at 16:50 | ISN Security Watch

While the Kurdistan Regional Government remains unable to resolve its differences with Iraq over the oil sector, its cooperation with Turkey is expanding. Today, the Atlantic Council's Ross Wilson and…

Qatar: Rich in Oil, Natural Gas and Chutzpah

Jul 09, 2013 at 17:22 | Claude Salhani

Qatar is one of the smallest of the Arab counties and one of the richest countries in the world. Yet what it lacks in size it makes up in its…

Market Celebrates Egypt’s Coup, But It’s Not Over Yet

Jul 05, 2013 at 11:26 | Charles Kennedy

The situation in Egypt has not been tenable since the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi took over, post-revolution, but now that the military has stepped in, ousted Morsi and…

Oil, Natural Gas and Mayhem

Jul 02, 2013 at 17:14 | Claude Salhani

Recent discoveries of oil and natural gas fields off the coasts of Lebanon and Israel are not likely to settle any of the region’s long-standing disputes. Rather they may instead…

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