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U.S. and Iran Locked in a Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship

U.S. and Iran Locked in a Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi emphasized…

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Geopolitics / Middle East

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…

Alleged Iran-Linked Telegram Post Simulates Attack On Saudi Oil

Nov 03, 2022 at 11:18 | Alex Kimani

An article published on the blog of international Arabic news television channel Al Arabiya on Thursday claims that an Iran state-linked Telegram channel has posted a…

Saudi Arabia And Iran Held Secret Meetings To Bolster Collaboration

Sep 06, 2022 at 10:20 | Simon Watkins

Given the centuries-long hatred between regional rivals, Iran and Saudi Arabia, last week’s comments by Iran’s President, Ebrahim Raisi, that there have been five rounds of meetings between…

Iraq's Political Crisis Is Far From Over

Sep 02, 2022 at 08:19 | Editorial Dept

The political crisis in Iraq is far from over. There is more violence to come, despite the withdrawal of protesters from Baghdad’s Green Zone earlier this week after…

The Odds Of A Nuclear Deal With Iran Are Shrinking Every Day

Apr 15, 2022 at 13:09 | Cyril Widdershoven

The odds of a new nuclear deal with Iran are shrinking. The ongoing discussions, which have been lauded several times by participants to have almost reached a solution,…

The Real Cost Of An Iran Nuclear Deal

Mar 07, 2022 at 13:59 | Cyril Widdershoven

While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may be front and center of today’s media coverage, the ongoing JCPOA discussions with Iran in Vienna need to be watched carefully. Under…

Is The TAPI Pipeline Finally Ready To Go?

Jan 17, 2022 at 13:58 | James Durso

The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline has been long aborning, but its prospects recently got a shot in the arm. The 1100-mile, $10 billion project has seen numerous delays…

The U.S. Is Using Saudi Arabia To Expand Its Influence In Iraq

Nov 08, 2021 at 15:28 | Simon Watkins

Ever since its occupation of Iraq in 2003 began to turn sour, the U.S. has been fighting a rearguard action against Iran cementing its influence in the neighboring…

Saudi Forces Thwart Houthi Attack On Oil City

Sep 17, 2021 at 09:03 | Irina Slav

Saudi Arabia has prevented yet another attack by the Yemeni Houthis, this time in the city of Jazan, which is home to extensive Aramco oil infrastructure. Reuters reported the…

Aramco On Lockdown After Houthi Missile Attack

Sep 06, 2021 at 09:24 | Charles Kennedy

Saudi Arabia had intercepted a ballistic missile attack on facilities owned by state oil major Aramco in the Eastern Region, Reuters has reported, citing the Saudi defense ministry. Earlier

Islamic State Attacks Iraqi Oil Field

Aug 16, 2021 at 07:34 | Irina Slav

An attack with an explosive device on an oil field in the northern Iraqi region of Kirkuk was blamed on Islamic State militants, according to an unnamed source who

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