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Geopolitics / Middle East

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…

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…

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