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Geopolitics / Middle East

Chinese Oil Companies Apparent Victors in Post-Saddam Iraq

Dec 27, 2012 at 18:18 | John Daly

It was not supposed to be like this.After 2003’s U.S.-led Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq’s vast oil reserves, a monopoly under the Baathist government of deposed President Saddam Hussein,…

How Bad do Sanctions Really Hurt Iran?

Dec 11, 2012 at 17:04 | Daniel J. Graeber

With 20 governments expressing their commitment to reduce the amount of crude oil purchased from Iran, the U.S. government said oil production from the Islamic republic was down by 1…

Tension Escalates in Syria Amid Fears of Chemical Weapons

Dec 04, 2012 at 16:40 | Claude Salhani

The conflict in Syria has taken a turn for the worst this week amid fears that the beleaguered regime of President Bashar Assad may resort to the use of chemical…

Who Should be Doing the Geopolitical Heavy Lifting in The Middle East?

Nov 29, 2012 at 17:03 | Matthew Hulbert

‘Stick or twist’ sums up the changes of political power in America and China in November 2012. President Obama won another four year term in Washington, while

A Chance for Peace in the Middle East?

Nov 27, 2012 at 17:28 | Claude Salhani

Is there going to be calm after the storm in the Middle East? Following a tumultuous week of all-out war between Israel and Hamas, there are now good chances of…

Oil Production and Violence in The Middle East

Nov 27, 2012 at 17:13 | Post Carbon

There is a growing disconnect between forecasts of prodigious amounts of oil coming out of the Middle East in coming decades and what is likely to happen in the region.…

Iran Positioned to Threaten Oil Lanes

Nov 23, 2012 at 17:19 | Daniel J. Graeber

In mid-December, the U.S. military will have only one aircraft carrier positioned in the Persian Gulf region for the first time in two years. At the same time, the Iranian…

Why We Will See an Increase in Violence in the Middle East

Nov 20, 2012 at 17:40 | Claude Salhani

Predicting the Middle East’s political future has always been more of a gamble than an exact science. The region’s prevailing political precariousness is what makes it so impossible to sensibly…

What an Obama Victory Means for the Middle East

Nov 07, 2012 at 17:32 | Claude Salhani

Memo to the Arab World: Good news and bad news with the re-election of Barack Obama to the White House. The good news is that a victory by…

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…

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