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How U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela Backfired

How U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela Backfired

The United States levied harsh…

Is Biden Preparing To Ease Restrictions On Venezuelan Oil?

Is Biden Preparing To Ease Restrictions On Venezuelan Oil?

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Geopolitics / Middle East

Does Saudi Arabia Really Fear A Bernie Presidency?

Mar 05, 2020 at 16:47 | Julianne Geiger

Democrat presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders raised eyebrows on the campaign trail when he referred to Saudi Arabia’s leadership as “murderous thugs”, raising the question of just how concerned the…

Coronavirus Hurts Middle East Economies Beyond Oil

Mar 04, 2020 at 15:26 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The Middle East oil exporters are grappling with depressed demand in their key market, China, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The economies of the Arab Gulf countries are feeling the…

This Country Is A Safehaven In An Unstable Middle East

Feb 27, 2020 at 15:18 | Simon Watkins

With a fiscal breakeven oil price of just over US$87 per barrel (pb) of Brent this year, around 85 per cent of its revenues still coming from the hydrocarbons sector,…

What Iran’s Election Result Means For Oil Markets

Feb 24, 2020 at 10:53 | Simon Watkins

Ever since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed in principle in 2015 by Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, and China plus…

Russia Is Defeating The U.S. In The Middle East Oil Game

Feb 18, 2020 at 17:34 | Simon Watkins

Historically, Russia goes to great lengths to hide or disguise its strategic intentions but it clearly feels empowered enough in the Middle East to very obviously stake its claim in…

U.S. Set To Extend Iraq Waiver For Energy Imports From Iran

Feb 10, 2020 at 13:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The United States is inclined to extend the waiver to Iraq to continue importing electricity and natural gas to Iran, which are vital to Iraq’s energy needs, three senior Iraqi…

The Three Countries Vying For Ultimate Power In The Middle East

Jan 24, 2020 at 17:33 | Yossef Bodansky

Two notable deaths in early January 2020 pushed the greater Middle East to increased tension and instability. There emerges a growing risk, as a result, of a sudden discrete…

The Most Successful Oil Economy That’s Moving Away From Oil

Jan 22, 2020 at 16:12 | Irina Slav

A discussion about oil-dependent economies often calls to mind an image of some anonymous Middle Eastern country almost entirely dependent on its oil exports to generate revenues. But there is…

Could ISIS Take Control Over This Large Iraqi Oil Field?

Jan 14, 2020 at 16:40 | Editorial Dept

As always, it’s the fear of sanctions that provides the leverage Trump seeks in this cat-and-mouse game with Iran. And this time, the leverage is over Iraq, which would like…

Libyan General Haftar Surprises Putin & Erdogan: Rejects Peace Deal

Jan 14, 2020 at 12:01 | ZeroHedge

Head the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj, and Benghazi-based General Khalifa Haftar who is now warring for control of the capital, were actually in the same…

Will Oman Take Sides In The Latest Middle East Crisis?

Jan 10, 2020 at 16:47 | Yale Global

Like many of the lesser-known countries in the Global South, Oman rarely commands the attention of the international community. For the opaque politics of this Arab sultanate, though, the obscurity…

Is Iraq About To Become A Chinese Client State?

Jan 08, 2020 at 16:38 | Simon Watkins

Following the political and popular backlash in Iran over details of its plans to make the Islamic Republic effectively a client state through various multi-layered oil and gas deals, China…

Video: U.S. Embassy Under Attack From Iraqi Militias

Jan 08, 2020 at 16:12 | Julianne Geiger

Reports of new rocket fire surfaced late on Wednesday afternoon, landing in Iraq’s Green Zone, home to the US Embassy and other foreign missions, just hours after US President Donald…

The Real Reason The U.S. Is Interested In Iran

Jan 07, 2020 at 12:58 | Kurt Cobb

The American obsession with Iran is about oil and natural gas. If these two resources had been absent, it is hard to imagine such an intense American focus on the…

US Urges All Americans To Leave Iraq After Soleimani Assassination

Jan 03, 2020 at 10:02 | Julianne Geiger

The US embassy in Baghdad has urged all US citizens to leave Iraq immediately, after the US killed Iranian military general and hardliner Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander…

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…

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