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Geopolitics / Middle East

Impact of Iran Sanctions Legislation: An Energy Perspective

Jul 09, 2010 at 03:57 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Q:  Two weeks ago, the US House and Senate both overwhelmingly approved legislation (HR 2194) authorizing the president to sanction businesses that supply Iran with refined petroleum products or help…

Riots Break out in Iraq Over Energy Shortages

Jun 30, 2010 at 08:36 | ISN Security Watch

The interim Iraqi government is reeling from riots and demonstrations that have erupted across the country to protest severe electricity shortages. Anger has been growing for weeks over the continued…

Syrian Intelligence Involvement in the "Gaza Flotilla" Incident

Jun 28, 2010 at 06:23 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources in Croatia confirmed on June 14, 2010, that a key Syrian intelligence officer had been onboard the Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, during its attempt…

Iranian Leaders Clampdown on Social Media

Jun 21, 2010 at 23:45 | ISN Security Watch

One year ago, Iran's 'Twitter revolution' made headlines in the western media. Yet in Iran itself, no Twitter revolution was taking place at all. As several opposition members and bloggers…

War in the Middle East: Will Iran’s Nuclear Program Lead to Conflict with Israel

Jun 14, 2010 at 08:37 | ISN Security Watch

Iran is at the centre of a global storm: targeted by new sanctions, suspected by Washington, defended by Brazil and Turkey. But the complex diplomacy around its nuclear programme could…

Al-Qaeda Thriving in Iraq Using Mafia Tactics

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:32 | ISN Security Watch

The street emptied at the sound of gunfire, the men scattering in separate directions. A corpse was left behind, the lone victim of the shooting. After a few hours, someone…

Israel's Interception of the Turkish Flotilla

Jun 08, 2010 at 09:14 | Strategic Studies

A View From Jerusalem on the Intelligence Failure by Israel, and the Failure of the International Community to Look at the Sponsors of the “Flotilla” Early in the morning of…

Tensions Between Israel and Turkey at Breaking Point

Jun 01, 2010 at 09:28 | Robert Tait

Once the Mideast's key strategic relationship, a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship has tensions between them at the breaking point. Strategic relationship? What strategic relationship? "I don't…

Iranian Authorities Intent on Stopping the Opposition from Taking to the Streets

May 28, 2010 at 05:54 | Robert Tait

Political detainees report being stripped naked and forced to stand outside in plunging temperatures during the night; electricity supplies to Kurdish areas are cut to suppress a simmering rebellion over…

An Interview with Hamas Leadership: Problems with the Middle East Peace Process

May 27, 2010 at 12:40 | Open Democracy

Ousama Hamdan used to be the go-between between Hamas and Iran, but for years has been the Hamas leader in Lebanon. He talks about problems with the peace process in…

Growing Revolutionary Guard Spells Uncertainty For Oil Investors In Iran

May 21, 2010 at 10:36 | Fawzia Sheikh

As the United States edges closer to issuing a fresh round of sanctions against Iran, foreign investors so far unmoved by international pressure will end up doing business with a…

Iran’s Nuclear Gamble

May 16, 2010 at 21:43 | ISN Security Watch

Iran’s nuclear program has dominated world headlines since the revelation of secret facilities in August 2002. Endless negotiations and three rounds of sanctions have followed with no compromise in sight.…

Israel Irked by Turkey-Syria Military Exercises

May 06, 2010 at 07:52 | Charles Kennedy

Turkish and Syrian militaries conducted joint drills last week aimed at improving security cooperation on their shared border. The three-day exercises, which began on 28 April, were similar to those…

Syria Appeals For More Foreign Oil Money Yet Bureaucracy Remains A Questionable Obstacle

Apr 29, 2010 at 11:23 | Fawzia Sheikh

As Syria aggressively courts foreign investors to rescue its dwindling oil and gas sector, government corruption and problems settling disputes remain sticking points for some interested international players. But experts…

Amid Push For Renewable Energy, Saudi Arabia Cautiously Turns Over Green Leaf

Apr 12, 2010 at 19:00 | Fawzia Sheikh

The promise of green energy has intrigued the Middle East, where concern about future reserves runs deep, but Saudi Arabia's recent plan for a multibillion-dollar investment in traditional oil projects…

Another Hot Summer in the Middle East Includes Oil and Gas Masks

Apr 09, 2010 at 19:00 | Claude Salhani

Intelligence sources in the Middle East have indicated that the summer in the region could turn out to be particularly hot and they're not talking about global warming or the…

Debts and Doubts Delay Kirkuk-Cehyan Oil Pipeline Renewal

Mar 30, 2010 at 16:15 | Gareth Jenkins

The delay in the renewal of the agreement for the operation of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline has served as a reminder of the many obstacles that still have to be…

Oil for Blood in Afghanistan?

Mar 24, 2010 at 14:40 | Claude Salhani

The United States Marines are expected to do the hard work when it comes to War.  They are given the toughest jobs and the most dangerous tasks to perform and…

Libya: The Energy Player Not to Be Dismissed

Mar 06, 2010 at 20:17 | Philip H. de Leon

On September 1, 2009, Libya lavishly celebrated the 40 years in power of its leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Once qualified as the mad dog of the Middle East by President…

Iraqi Elections Likely To Fuel Ethnic Tensions, Further Delay Access To Kirkuk's Reserves

Mar 05, 2010 at 00:55 | Gareth Jenkins

The elections in Iraq on March 7, 2010, are likely to serve as an important indicator of the prospects for a resolution of the long-running dispute over the administration of…

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