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New U.S. Sanctions Unlikely To Derail Nord Stream 2

New U.S. Sanctions Unlikely To Derail Nord Stream 2

Washington is seeking to implement…

Geopolitics / Middle East

Iran Likely To Struggle More In 2020

Jan 02, 2020 at 10:46 | RFE/RL staff

Iran had a rough year in 2019 and the New Year is quite likely to bring just as many difficulties to the door of the Islamic republic.Iran came…

U.S. Sanctions Have Cost Iran $200 Billion

Jan 02, 2020 at 10:42 | RFE/RL staff

President Hassan Rohani made the comments while launching a railway project near Tehran on December 31. "Iran would have earned $200 billion surplus income...if the country were not involved in…

Russia Strengthens Its Grip On Syrian Oil

Dec 20, 2019 at 16:33 | Simon Watkins

Following the various recent announcements from U.S. President Donald Trump that he wants the country to withdraw from all areas of potential conflict in the Middle East – except Saudi…

Muslim Cryptocurrency: Iran’s Latest Plan To Circumvent Sanctions

Dec 20, 2019 at 14:30 | ZeroHedge

Iran’s President has proposed to create a Muslim cryptocurrency as one of a number of means to confront the economic dominance of the United States. Speaking at an Islamic conference in Malaysia…

Is The Qatar Blockade Coming To An End?

Dec 13, 2019 at 16:25 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Middle East’s massive energy reserves have made it the center of many key geopolitical events throughout history. The presidency of Donald Trump has transformed the power dynamics in the…

Diplomat Leaks Map Confirming Turkey’s Real Territorial Claims

Dec 04, 2019 at 12:46 | ZeroHedge

A Turkish diplomat has revealed a map which delineates waters in the Mediterranean claimed by Turkey, amid an ongoing months-long standoff with Cyprus and Greece over Turkish oil and gas exploration…

Iraq: The Next Great Threat To Global Oil Markets

Dec 03, 2019 at 17:26 | Anes Alic

The next thing that will happen in Iraq if protesters’ demands aren’t met is this: They will target oil facilities--the only thing that will force any major change, and indeed,…

Why Iran Won’t Renegotiate The Nuclear Deal

Nov 12, 2019 at 12:27 | Yale Global

President Donald Trump has attempted to reach a new agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran since withdrawing the United States of America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action…

Is Trump Turning The U.S. Military Into 'Oil Pirates'?

Oct 30, 2019 at 11:58 | ZeroHedge

After President Trump suggested on Sunday that he would like to make a deal with Exxon Mobil or “one of our great companies” to go into occupied Syria and take the oil, one of…

Two Dead Following ISIS Attack On Iraqi Oil Field

Oct 22, 2019 at 09:13 | Irina Slav

Islamic State militants attacked checkpoints at a group of oil fields in northern Iraq, killing two members of the security force deployed there and injuring three, Reuters reports, citing…

Is ISIS Back?

Oct 18, 2019 at 17:00 | Julianne Geiger

The American political leadership may not have been able to connect the dots on a withdrawal in Syria, but it’s really quite simple:  1) Americans step aside 2) Turks swarm…

Oil Markets At Stake As The Syria Debate Rages On

Oct 18, 2019 at 16:44 | Irina Slav

The U.S. pullout from Syria sparked strong—and opposing—reactions, as a move of that magnitude was bound to do. Trump bashers bashed Trump for quitting and Trump supporters cheered the America…

Russia Consolidates Control Over The World’s Top Oil Region

Oct 15, 2019 at 10:46 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin has traveled to the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) as part of a tour aimed at strengthening Moscow's presence in the Middle East.Putin flew…

The Saudi Crown Prince’s Final Option

Oct 04, 2019 at 16:34 | Cyril Widdershoven

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been making headlines again these last few days. After giving an interview to CBS in which he admitted the mistakes of the Khashoggi…

Sudden Eruption Of Violence In Iraq Threatens Oil Supply

Oct 03, 2019 at 16:28 | Nick Cunningham

Oil prices have fallen sharply over the past week, as the swift return of disrupted Saudi oil production allowed markets to look past geopolitical risk. But that doesn’t mean…

Iran Says It Foiled Israeli-Arab Plot To Blow Up Elite Guards Commander

Oct 03, 2019 at 13:14 | ZeroHedge

Iran has announced that it thwarted a sophisticated plot to assassinate General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  State media, which first unveiled the news…

Stena Bulk Cries “Liar” As Iran Holds Onto Detained Oil Tanker

Sep 25, 2019 at 12:31 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Two days after Iran said that the detained UK-flagged oil tanker was “free to leave Iran,” officials in the Islamic Republic said on Wednesday that the detention order had…

Has Iran Won The War For The Middle East?

Sep 20, 2019 at 17:22 | Yossef Bodansky

The most important historic milestone was not the heavy damage to the Saudi oil installations during the attacks on them on September 14, 2019. Rather, it was a quiet Ashura…

Oil Prices Up As Iran Prepares For "All Out War"

Sep 19, 2019 at 10:58 | Tsvetana Paraskova

An American or Saudi military strike on Iran because of the weekend attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure would result in an “all-out-war,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told CNN in…

War In The Middle East Is China’s Worst Nightmare

Sep 17, 2019 at 12:13 | Irina Slav

When President Donald Trump on Sunday said the United States was “locked and loaded” to respond to the drone attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure, many smelled war. Even though…

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