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Geopolitics / Middle East

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…

With Iran, How Hard Do Sanctions Really Bite?

Mar 05, 2012 at 18:02 | Daniel J. Graeber

Sanctions on the Iranian financial sector appear to be taking their toll. Planned oil embargoes by the European Union could be seen as largely symbolic moves by opponents of the…

Imagination Can be a Dangerous Thing: Why Iran Must be Denied Nuclear Weapons

Jan 29, 2012 at 19:45 | James Burgess

In this essay I take a look at some scenarios that could arise following the successful development of the Iranian nuclear program, after which I think the reasons why so…

Yemen - What Next? Replay of 1979 Iranian Revolution?

Jan 23, 2012 at 17:59 | John Daly

On 22 January 70 year-old Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, having ruled since 1978, left the Yemeni capital Sanaa onboard a private jet bound for who knows where, but apparently…

Iran: The Renewable Energy Carrot .vs. The Stick of War

Jan 21, 2012 at 10:51 | Juan Cole

As Iran proceeds ahead with its nuclear program, its tensions with the United States continue to heighten over concerns that it is secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. Israelis view…

China Economic Clout and Nuclear Expertise Invades Saudi Arabia

Jan 17, 2012 at 20:38 | John Daly

Ever since the end of World War Two, the U.S. has come to regard Saudi Arabia as almost its exclusive oil producing enclave. In February 1945, after the Yalta…

Afghanistan: The Pressure is Now on Central Asian Supply Route

Dec 08, 2011 at 17:08 | Deirdre Tynan

The Northern Distribution Network, the key re-supply route for US and NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan, is set to experience a spike in traffic due to the closure of the…

Saudi Prince Calls for Kingdom to Acquire WMDs

Dec 06, 2011 at 18:19 | John Daly

So much for peace in the Middle East. On 5 December Prince bin Turki al Faisal, speaking at the “The Gulf and the Globe” conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh …

Could War Flare Again Between Iraq and Kuwait?

Dec 06, 2011 at 18:17 | John Daly

According to Iraqi Council of Representatives Oil and Energy Committee member Furat al-Sharei, the 10 oil fields that spread across the Iraqi-Kuwaiti frontier are still waiting to have a line…

Airstrike Against Iranian Nuclear Facilities Could Kill 100s of North Koreans and Russians

Nov 16, 2011 at 17:25 | John Daly

As the drums for direct military intervention to derail Iran’s purported covert military nuclear weapons program beat louder in both Jerusalem and Washington, an overlooked issue is the possibility of…

Iran and Northern Iraq - Thaw North of Baghdad?

Nov 02, 2011 at 08:42 | John Daly

Iraq’s announcement last week that U.S. forces would be required to leave Iraq under terms of the Status of Forces Agreement by 31 December blindsided Washington, and aroused predictable partisan…

Iran and the Bomb: How Far Away is Iran from Producing a Nuclear Weapon

Oct 18, 2011 at 07:38 | Editorial Dept

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Caspian - Zone of Peace or "Northern Front?"

Oct 14, 2011 at 07:53 | John Daly

As tensions between Washington and Tehran rise exponentially over the case of a purported assassination plot against Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., some American politicians are calling for military…

Iranian Bushehr Nuclear Plant Comes Online - World Survives

Sep 14, 2011 at 21:38 | John Daly

On 12 September Iran brought its first nuclear power plant in Bushehr online, connecting it to the country's electrical grid. Iranian officials at the opening ceremony said that the 1,000…

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