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Iraq Hopes to Expand Economic Relationship With the U.S.

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Geopolitics / Middle East

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…

Israel and Turkey - Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

Sep 08, 2011 at 08:08 | John Daly

September promises to be an epochal month, as the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday night told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a telephone call that he…

Russia Set to Lose Billions in Libya

Sep 05, 2011 at 08:13 | RFE/RL staff

Russia's belated recognition of Libya’s provisional leadership on September 1 carried a hint of desperation. For months, Moscow had refused to recognize the National Transitional Council (NTC), was reluctant to…

The Trial of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak - The Trial of the 21st Century

Aug 05, 2011 at 07:48 | John Daly

Given the fiscal bloodletting in Wall Street and London on Wednesday, the West and its bureaucrats be forgiven for its internal financial navel-gazing. Nevertheless, a historic moment is occurring…

The Strategic Importance of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia

Jun 29, 2011 at 08:10 | The Oil Drum

The small archipelago nation of Bahrain can't seem to stay out of the news lately, as the government continues its containment of civil protests that it perceives as a threat…

Qatar: The Arab World’s Rising Star

Apr 15, 2011 at 08:59 | Open Democracy

In recent weeks, the Gulf state of Qatar has emerged as a leading advocate of international intervention on the side of the anti-Gaddafi rebels in Libya. It organised the politically-crucial…

The Middle East Great Game: What is Iran’s Position Following the Arab Awakening

Apr 15, 2011 at 08:52 | Robert Tait

From being the most assertively visible actor in the Middle East, it has seemingly become quiet and unnoticed, almost the forgotten country. Yet three months into what has become known…

Gulf Cooperation Council Intervenes in Bahrain, in Unprecedented Move

Mar 14, 2011 at 21:54 | Global Intelligence Report

It appears the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has taken the unprecedented step of intervening militarily in the affairs of another member state to crush the democratisation movement there, which is…

Russia Nervously Watching Events in the Middle East

Mar 04, 2011 at 08:37 | Robert Coalson

Authoritarian regimes across the Middle East and North Africa are falling apart one by one. Even oil-rich states like Libya, Bahrain, and Oman are not immune to the unrest. But…

Delusional Gaddafi Ridiculed by the Arab World

Feb 24, 2011 at 07:55 | IWPR

The speech by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on February 22 - which was derided by many Arab analysts as delusional - sparked an interesting reaction across both the Arab mainstream…

Saudi Arabia and Iran's Interest in Oil Rich Bahrain's Growing Unrest

Feb 23, 2011 at 07:25 | David Caploe PhD

At the heart of the Bahrain crisis is a Sunni / Shia Muslim split that is not limited to the small island off Saudi Arabia, but extends throughout the Persian…

Iran-Turkey-Syria-Egypt Bloc Moves Closer With Profound Global Effect

Feb 18, 2011 at 08:32 | Gregory R. Copley

Egyptian Pres. Hosni Mubarak’s decision on the night of February 10, 2011, to hand over some of the powers of the Presidency to Vice-Pres. Omar Suleiman can only be seen…

Ten Possible Strategic Ramifications of the Current Egyptian Unrest

Feb 09, 2011 at 07:29 | Gregory R. Copley

The prospect of an imminent, uncontrolled change in the leadership of Egypt, or other political paralysis in the state, as a result of growing popular unrest which began in the…

Qatar’s Growing Influence and Economy and the Dangers That Come With It

Feb 03, 2011 at 07:21 | Open Democracy

The small Gulf state of Qatar has translated economic assets and creative diplomacy into extraordinary global influence. But the eclipse of regional giants such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia is…

Crisis in the Arab World: Energy, Water, Food and Justice

Feb 01, 2011 at 08:04 | Open Democracy

The desperate act of an unemployed university graduate living in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid sparked a wave of popular unrest that in January 2011 overthrew the authoritarian regime…

Turmoil in The Middle East

Jan 29, 2011 at 12:17 | Business Insider

The force multipliers escalating events in the Middle East are television and social networking.  People in Egypt saw what happened in Tunisia and took heart.  People in Yemen were emboldened…

Iranian Fuel Blockade Hurting Afghan Civilians

Jan 05, 2011 at 00:16 | RFE/RL staff

Afghans are grappling with rising fuel prices and dwindling supplies in the depth of winter, while convoys of relief aid stand idle just across the border with Iran. Thousands of…

Tough Choices Ahead in Afghanistan

Dec 27, 2010 at 10:53 | Open Democracy

Afghanistan continues to edge towards the precipice. State-building efforts in the country are still plagued with inefficiency, corruption and disorganisation, whilst international coalition forces in the form of Nato’s International…

Implications of the Iraqi Gas Auction: Trouble Between Baghdad and the Provinces

Nov 04, 2010 at 09:00 | IWPR

The Iraqi oil ministry’s auction of three natural gas fields last month was angrily opposed by all the governorates in which they are located. With provincial officials threatening legal action…

Pakistani Supply Route Blockade Puts ISAF Forces at Risk

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:48 | Global Intelligence Report

Last week, in apparent retaliation for NATO’s cross-border air strikes on Pakistani territory, which were conducted without advance discussions with Pakistani officials, Islamabad imposed a blockade on NATO’s Afghan supply…

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