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Geopolitics / Middle East

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…

Qatar’s Transition Acts as Pivot for “Change of Direction” for Middle East

Jun 27, 2013 at 16:41 | Gregory R. Copley

The change of leadership in Qatar on June 25, 2013, served as a signal of a subtle, but profound, change of direction in the greater Middle East. Of significance, however,…

How Worried is Saudi, Qatar by the Syrian Conflict?

Jun 25, 2013 at 16:47 | Claude Salhani

Are the Saudis and the Qataris, strong supporters of the Syrian rebellion, worried by the turn of events in Syria and in neighboring countries? They should be. Of the…

Instability in the Middle East Makes Accurate Oil Market Predictions Impossible

Jun 21, 2013 at 17:11 | Dave Summers

The continuing conflict in Syria, and the slow spread of violence in the region around it, continue to make it difficult to make accurate predictions about the future of oil…


Jun 21, 2013 at 13:55 | Editorial Dept

Iranian Elections Bode Well for Political UnityThe Iranian people elected a new president on 14 June in the first round, with over 70% voter turnout.  Hassan Rouhani won…

Kurdistan: Pipeline to ‘Independence’

Jun 20, 2013 at 17:02 | Charles Kennedy

As Kurdish authorities in Northern Iraq announce they will begin exporting crude oil by pipeline to Turkey as soon as the last link is finished in September, Gulf Keystone Petroleum…

Why Further Sanctions Against Iran will be Counterproductive

Jun 17, 2013 at 17:03 | Gail Tverberg

A June 6, 2013, article from Reuters is titled, “Lawmakers in new drive to slash Iran’s oil sales to a trickle.” According to it,U.S. lawmakers are embarking…

TURKEY-TURKMENISTAN: 12 Energy Deals Solidify Cooperation

Jun 07, 2013 at 16:35 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Turkey has long been the inroad into Turkmenistan’s oil and gas sector, and the recent inking of a deal between the two countries solidifies this even more.

KURDISTAN: Genel Announces Another Find

May 31, 2013 at 13:26 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Anglo-Turkish Genel Energy—the biggest license holder in Iraqi Kurdistan—has announced another discovery, boosting the company’s already significant resources in Kurdistan. Analysis: Genel Energy (LON:GENL) and partner…

Pakistan Faces Tough Choices with Energy Crisis

May 29, 2013 at 17:06 | Daniel J. Graeber

The incoming administration in Pakistan wants to pay off enough debt to finance a rebound in electricity. Most Pakistanis cope with blackouts that can last most of the day and…

Open Season on Syria’s Civil War

May 28, 2013 at 17:06 | Claude Salhani

Igitur qui desiderat pacem, preparet bellum -- If you want peace prepare for war, this old adage is believed to have been spoken by the Roman military writer Publius Flavius…

Iran's New President Won’t Bring Anything New

May 24, 2013 at 17:05 | Daniel J. Graeber

Asian economies this year have relied less on Iranian oil to meet their energy demands. India's economy slowed down considerably in part because of tighter credit conditions and poor consumer…

Assad is Back, and Syrian Peace Will Be on His Terms

May 22, 2013 at 17:03 | Charles Kennedy

Since the war in Iraq, US foreign policy has been in a downward spiral: It was caught off guard by the “Arab Spring” and the increasing incoherence has left it…

Playing with Oil and Fire

May 21, 2013 at 17:11 | Claude Salhani

The war in Syria is taking a sudden turn – and a potentially dangerous one. Having already oozed into Turkey with a number of attacks by Syrian forces across the…

Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Petro-Political ‘Peace’ for Syria

May 15, 2013 at 10:44 | Charles Kennedy

We’ve got an extremely muddled peace process going on for Syria right now, and petro-politics defines agendas and actions. A US-Russian “peace” conference will be held later this month, and…

Attacking Iran’s Nuclear Sites Would be Sheer Madness

May 14, 2013 at 17:23 | Claude Salhani

A timely article by Wade Stone for Global Research examines what would happen to the oil producing nations of the Gulf in the event that Israel would target Iran's nuclear…

The Road to Damascus is Paved With Ill-Intent

May 09, 2013 at 16:51 | Gregory R. Copley

The Biblical conversion of Paul to Christianity “on the road to Damascus” implied a turning point for the onetime antagonist of Christ. But now the road to Damascus is an…

As Kurds Gain Power, Baghdad May be Ready to Deal

May 06, 2013 at 16:47 | Charles Kennedy

As the Iraqi Kurds boost their bargaining power with their first unilateral sale of crude oil on the international market, and new unilateral pipelines coming online soon, Kurdish officials and…

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