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Geopolitics / Middle East

Iran's Untouchable Energy Exports

Nov 02, 2012 at 19:05 | John Daly

Few people are aware that Iran is currently subjected to not one, but three sets of sanctions imposed by U.S., the United Nations and the European Union, the latter two…

As US Abandons Syria to its Fate, One Man Rises Above

Nov 01, 2012 at 19:32 | Charles Kennedy

The US has largely abdicated the throne in Syria in terms of supplying the rebels with funds and leadership. This is because Washington cannot see the end game clearly. For…

Report Highlights "Troubled" Year for Iraq

Nov 01, 2012 at 19:30 | Daniel J. Graeber

A report from a U.S. inspector general on Iraqi developments confirmed crude oil output has reached its highest level since 1990. Electricity production, meanwhile, has improved, though most Iraqis still…

Oil, Guns, Spies and Islamism

Oct 30, 2012 at 18:46 | Claude Salhani

The events leading up to the bombing of a munitions factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum last Monday– believed to have been carried out by Israel – has all the…

Iran Finally Blinks in Terms of Sanctions Pressure

Oct 29, 2012 at 17:48 | Daniel J. Graeber

The Iranian defense minister said last weekend that his country has no plans to choke of maritime oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz. In early 2012, Iranian threats to…

Countries Start to Resume Trade with Iran Using Gold to Avoid US Sanctions

Oct 25, 2012 at 17:37 | Dian L. Chu

In recent months there has been a lot of incorrect speculation that because Iran has been shut off from the petrodollar, SWIFT-mediated regime, its economy will implode as the country…

$12M Bounty Hunt for al-Qaeda in Iran

Oct 24, 2012 at 17:28 | Charles Kennedy

It’s a lot of cash for prospective bounty hunters, and an equal amount of interesting politics here that we certainly can’t let slide by without pointing out some obvious conflicts…

Iran, Turkey & Syria increasing the Volatility of Oil Markets

Oct 23, 2012 at 17:39 | Rakesh Neelakandan

Crude oil prices invariably hinge on two factors for the medium term: Turkey-Syria relations or the lack of it and the Iran issue.EU leaders think that Iran has…

Investing in Iraqi Oil and Gas: Too Risky?

Oct 22, 2012 at 17:48 | Charles Kennedy

Risk, like everything else, is relative. So, relatively speaking, Iraq is open for business and certainly a more attractive investment than, say, Libya—in part because it’s easier to see what’s…

Turkey Stumbles, But Washington Pushed

Oct 19, 2012 at 17:09 | Gregory R. Copley

The mid-October 2012 Turkish interception of an alleged Syrian military shipment was intended to build momentum for the case to intervene in Syria. But it backfired, and may have damaged…

Energy Market Roundup: The Showdown in Iraq

Oct 19, 2012 at 16:43 | Editorial Dept

While the energy factor in US elections is taking center stage in the news right now as we close in on November, and issues like the war on coal position…

Turkey-Syria on the Brink of War

Oct 17, 2012 at 17:52 | Claude Salhani

Tension between Turkey and Syria has been steadily rising over the past year and a half as cross-border incidents have increased with every passing day drawing the two countries ever…

Baghdad is Losing Iraqi Kurdistan - Empowered by Oil and Gas

Oct 16, 2012 at 17:27 | Charles Kennedy

With an estimated 45 billion barrels of oil and perhaps as much as 6 trillion of cubic meters of gas, Iraqi Kurdistan is using smaller companies to develop its resources...…

Iran Threatens Oil Spill in Persian Gulf

Oct 15, 2012 at 17:49 | Daniel J. Graeber

A report from German news magazine Der Spiegel states that Iran's latest effort to disrupt key shipping lanes through the Strait of Hormuz may be to cause a massive…

How are the Sanctions Against Iran Progressing?

Oct 15, 2012 at 17:35 | James Hamilton

The boycott of Iran has been more successful than I had anticipated, with Iranian oil production and exports down significantly from a year ago.And even stronger additional…

Is a Larger Middle East War Inevitable?

Oct 10, 2012 at 17:35 | Claude Salhani

Double, double toil and trouble.  All the elements for a larger regional conflict are slowly falling into place, just as the witches’ ingredients in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as the fateful day,…

Sanctions Impact Peaks for Iran

Sep 28, 2012 at 17:40 | Daniel J. Graeber

The Iranian oil sector may be lagging because of declining revenue needed to keep the domestic sector afloat.  The country was hit with economic sanctions during the summer amid growing…

Afghanistan - Winning Hearts and Minds, One Kilowatt at a Time

Sep 18, 2012 at 17:44 | John Daly

As the United States and International Security Assistance Force military campaign enters its eleventh year in October, it is apparent that the military campaign against the Taliban and al Qaida…

Let Iran Have its Nuclear Technology

Sep 14, 2012 at 16:49 | Claude Salhani

As the United States prepares to head for the finish line in an election year the period between now and the time when the next administration assumes the helm of…

Turkey's New Role in Mideast Worries Many

Aug 30, 2012 at 21:06 | Claude Salhani

After losing its empire to the Western powers at the close of WWI in 1918, Turkey is now making a comeback in the region, a policy that has many people…

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