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Geopolitics / Middle East

The Endless War: Saudi Arabia Goes on the Offensive Against Iran

Aug 22, 2012 at 12:55 | Felix Imonti

Saudi Arabia has gone on the offensive against Iran to protect its interests.  Their involvement in Syria is the first battle in what is going to be a long bloody…

Double Dealing in Iraq and Syria: The Kurdish Independence Gamble

Aug 13, 2012 at 17:10 | Charles Kennedy

Adding Syria to the Baghdad-Irbil equation makes for a rather interesting geopolitical sum, but there is no clear winner emerging just yet as everyone from international oil companies, Western governments,…

Kurds Don't Hold all the Cards in Iraqi Oil Battle

Aug 03, 2012 at 18:44 | Charles Kennedy

The battle between the Iraqi central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq is picking up dangerous momentum as Baghdad attempts to fight back against…

Iraq's Kurdish Region Pulling Away from Baghdad Control

Aug 03, 2012 at 18:34 | John Daly

To paraphrase Apollo 13, “Baghdad, we have a problem.” Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) is increasingly signing unilateral oil deals with international oil giants, bypassing Baghdad. Iraq’s central…

Pakistan Moves Toward Political, if Not Economic, Stability

Jul 30, 2012 at 17:18 | Gregory R. Copley

Pakistan, with its political stand-off with the US Government now at least superficially resolved — and with Coalition convoys once again resuming logistical activities between the port of Karachi and…

How the Uprising in Syria Could Affect the Global Oil Market

Jul 27, 2012 at 17:12 | Post Carbon

In surveying the multiple, uprisings, insurgencies, insurrections, confrontations and what have you currently going on in the Middle East, it is hard to believe that all this turmoil will not…

Iraqi Oil Showdown and the Syria End-Game

Jul 25, 2012 at 16:02 | Charles Kennedy

As the Iraqi central government struggles to subdue the implications of the unilateral oil deals northern Iraq’s Kurdish government is making with Western oil majors, an end-game scenario for Syria…

Iran at Its Strategic Juncture

Jul 18, 2012 at 18:35 | Gregory R. Copley

Iran, no less than the European Union or the United States of America, faces a series of problems which place it at a critical strategic junction. It now faces urgent…

Why NATO Cannot Deal with Syria, in the Same Way as Libya

Jul 02, 2012 at 15:44 | Editorial Dept

The Assad regime’s persistent use of deadly force to crush a 16-month uprising by Syrian rebels is now expected to continue without foreign intervention, leaving many observers wondering why the…

The Making of Kurdistan: Oil, Investment and a Turkish Gamble

Jun 14, 2012 at 17:54 | Charles Kennedy

As tensions rise among Iraqi Kurds in the country’s north, Sunnis in the south and the Shi’ite-led government in Baghdad over the distribution of natural resources, Turkey is setting its…

Azerbaijan's International Energy Aspirations Raise Tensions in Middle East

May 15, 2012 at 18:38 | Charles Kennedy

Azerbaijan has been expanding its international energy aspirations further afield over the past several years, gaining assets in Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Georgia, and offering to build…

Washington Not Equipped to Deal with Yemen

May 13, 2012 at 08:49 | Charles Kennedy

As the US launches airstrikes on al-Qaeda targets in Yemen after a thwarted suicide bombing attempt on a US-bound flight, we are about see exactly how ill-equipped Washington is to…

As Yemen's Water Runs Dry, al-Qaida Runs Rampant

May 03, 2012 at 18:25 | Charles Kennedy

We’ve talked about the internal struggle waging in Yemen to control its oil resources, the revenues from which can buy patronage for a new regime, but water is the other…

Why the West is Supporting an Anti-Western Solution in Syria

Apr 20, 2012 at 07:21 | Yossef Bodansky

A Jihadist, Anti-Western Agenda is Being Forced on Syria The international community has been blindly following a jihadist-driven agenda for Syria; a solution the majority of Syrians reject,…

Intelligence Report: Why Prospects of an Israel Iran Conflict Remain Low

Apr 08, 2012 at 09:55 | Gregory R. Copley

Global security concerns continued, in early April 2012, to be geared around the possibility of armed conflict between Iran and Israel, an issue hedged by a range of other conflicts…

Syria: Assad Winning as Opposition Counts Friends

Apr 04, 2012 at 17:10 | Charles Kennedy

Only a day after the Syrian regime vowed to meet a 10 April deadline to abide by an UN ceasefire resolution and had already purportedly begun to withdraw troops from…

Azerbaijan Reportedly Grants Israel "Airbase Deal" - BAD Idea

Apr 02, 2012 at 16:57 | John Daly

According to a report in the British media, citing the authoritative U.S. journal “Foreign Policy,” U.S. officials have said that Israel's military may have secured access to Azeri strategic…

House of Saud to Meet Yemen's Oil Needs as Sana'a Internally Combusts

Apr 01, 2012 at 11:39 | Charles Kennedy

Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide Yemen with 100% of its domestic fuel needs for the months of April and May as the country descends into chaos which threatens to…

Treading Cautiously as Iran's Power Struggle Unfolds

Mar 21, 2012 at 17:51 | Charles Kennedy

The intelligence “leak” game that has intentionally provided the Obama Administration a temporary way out from under Republican and Israeli pressure to strike Iran is a fortuitous one that perhaps…

Game is on to Control Yemen's Oil

Mar 19, 2012 at 18:43 | Charles Kennedy

Whoever manages to control Yemen’s state resources, and particularly its oil, will be able to wield control over the country’s tribes by restoring the system of patronage relied on by…

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