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Geopolitics / Middle East

Israel-Hamas Conflict Threatens EU Energy Security

Nov 08, 2023 at 11:01 | Francesco Sassi

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, killing hundreds of civilians a day and threatening critical infrastructures of all sorts in the vicinity of the Gaza Strip, has…

Oil Market Blind-sided By Israel’s War On Hamas

Oct 25, 2023 at 10:44 | Cyril Widdershoven

Israel is on the brink of a full invasion of the Gaza Strip, with the Israeli Armed Forces (IDF) prepared to implement a range of military strategies. While regional tensions…

Escalation In Israel-Hamas Conflict May Doom Oil Markets

Oct 23, 2023 at 16:29 | Simon Watkins

In the last 50 years or so, it is difficult to think of a time when so many dangers from so many directions could each spiral…

The New Global Oil Market Order Hangs In The Balance After Hamas Attacks Israel

Oct 09, 2023 at 08:12 | Simon Watkins

In what turned out to be extraordinary timing, October 3 saw a Western coalition of France’s TotalEnergies and Italy’s Eni, plus Qatar Energy, apply for the second licensing…

MBS To Fox: Saudi Arabia Will Get Nuclear Arms If Iran Does

Sep 21, 2023 at 09:26 | ZeroHedge

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) said in an exclusive Fox News interview published Wednesday that Saudi Arabia will obtain a nuclear weapon if its number one regional rival does…

Iran’s Latest Move Brings A New Nuclear Deal With The U.S. Closer

Sep 18, 2023 at 10:45 | Simon Watkins

The deal announced on 11 September that saw five Americans released from prison in Iran has brought the quiet ongoing discussions over a new, watered-down version…

Why Egypt’s Oil And Gas Discoveries Are Crucial For The Region

Jul 19, 2023 at 10:12 | Simon Watkins

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, the West has been scrambling to find reliable sources for consistent oil and gas supplies to compensate for those lost…

Saudi Arabia Looks To Normalize Relations With Syria, Puts Israel On Hold

Jul 14, 2023 at 08:27 | ZeroHedge

By Hasan Illaik via The Cradle In his interview with CNN on July 9th, US President Joe Biden announced that "we are…

Iran’s Booming Oil Industry Adds Urgency To Nuclear Negotiations

Jun 22, 2023 at 06:55 | Felicity Bradstock

Over the last few years, Iran has increasingly ignored sanctions imposed on its oil and gas industry by the U.S. by choosing to develop new energy partnerships and…

Why The Middle East Will Be Vital In Any U.S.-China Conflict

May 19, 2023 at 09:36 | Haley Zaremba

If the United States and China ever enter into conflict, one of the key battlegrounds could be the Middle East. China has been busily trying to shore up its energy…

Is The U.S. Preparing To Punish OPEC?

May 17, 2023 at 09:06 | James Durso

In early May, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary was reportedly considering a bill to pressure the  OPEC

Turkey’s Elections Could Have A Significant Geopolitical Impact

May 12, 2023 at 12:30 | The Jamestown Foundation

On May 11, Turkish opposition candidate Muharren Ince announced that he was dropping out of the upcoming presidential elections, allegedly due to, in his words, a “smear campaign”…

Iraq And Iran Ignore U.S. Sanctions In Talks To Expand Energy Ties

May 12, 2023 at 09:51 | ZeroHedge

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Wednesday to expand energy ties and establish a joint office aimed at overlooking cooperation…

Iran Seizes Second Oil Tanker In Arabian Gulf

May 03, 2023 at 09:11 | Tsvetana Paraskova

A commercial oil tanker was seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday in the second such merchant vessel seizure by the Islamic Republic in waters in the…

U.S. Losing Influence As Saudi Arabia Joins Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Apr 04, 2023 at 10:33 | Simon Watkins

Saudi Arabia’s very public announcement last week that its cabinet had approved a plan to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as a ‘dialogue partner’ is the surest sign yet…

The Age Of The U.S. As A Middle East Power Broker Is Over

Mar 20, 2023 at 10:03 | Simon Watkins

Although White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, did observe tersely that the deal done on 10 March between Iran and Saudi Arabia to re-establish relations “is not…

Will The Saudi-Iranian Diplomatic Deal Bring Oil Prices Down?

Mar 14, 2023 at 09:14 | Alex Kimani

The energy markets have kicked off the new week on a sour note, with oil prices recording significant declines in early trading on Monday just days after Saudi…

U.S. And China Vie For Influence In This Vital Middle East Oil Hub

Mar 07, 2023 at 09:15 | Simon Watkins

Oman is preparing to offer a new batch of onshore oil and gas concession areas by the end of this month and a new batch of offshore oil…

Washington’s Oil Supply Spat With Saudi Arabia Could Backfire

Nov 14, 2022 at 13:18 | Irina Slav

Three weeks ago, President Joe Biden threatened Saudi Arabia with “consequences” after the kingdom that is the de facto leader of OPEC supported a decision to reduce oil production…

Saudi Oil Assets At High Risk From New Missile Strikes

Nov 07, 2022 at 08:54 | Simon Watkins

According to several local and international news sources, Saudi Arabia has informed the U.S. of an imminent attack from Iran. This warning follows…

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