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Saudi Rhetoric Sends Oil Prices To Two-Year High

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The War That Would Transform Oil Markets

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Iran’s Decision to End Loss Making Oil Swaps Could Reduce its Influence in the Caspian Region

Iran’s Decision to End Loss Making Oil Swaps Could Reduce its Influence in the Caspian Region

Oct 07, 2010 at 10:07 | IWPR

Three months since Iran’s oil ministry announced it was ending an import deal with three Caspian states, future plans remain unclear. The ministry announced in June that it would not…

Reconnecting Afghanistan to the Rest of the World - Against US Interests

Reconnecting Afghanistan to the Rest of the World - Against US Interests

Oct 06, 2010 at 09:50 | Open Democracy

Afghanistan was not always the abyss it’s thought to be today. If it is to be stabilised, it needs to resume its position as a transit between its many neighbours.…

Pakistan Blocks Vital Supply Route for NATO Troops in Afghanistan

Pakistan Blocks Vital Supply Route for NATO Troops in Afghanistan

Oct 04, 2010 at 13:13 | RFE/RL staff

Pakistan has blocked a vital supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, apparently in retaliation for an alleged cross-border NATO helicopter strike that killed three Pakistani troops. Officials…

Iran’s Option In Case Of Attack On Its Nuclear Facilities

Iran’s Option In Case Of Attack On Its Nuclear Facilities

Sep 26, 2010 at 10:18 | Global Intelligence Report

Sources in the Gulf region report that Iran is preparing for a possible attack by Israel and/or the United States on one or more of its nuclear production units by…

Has the Iraq Surge Been a Success

Has the Iraq Surge Been a Success

Sep 20, 2010 at 08:22 | Claudio Guler

The US formally ended combat operations in Iraq on 31 August. The country remains without an elected government and many commentators in the media have questioned whether a return to…

Will Extracting US forces From Iraq Require Going To War With Iran?

Will Extracting US forces From Iraq Require Going To War With Iran?

Sep 15, 2010 at 12:54 | Claude Salhani

First, the U.S. could never under the current circumstances in Iraq fully withdraw all its troops as long as Iran continues to run interference in Iraqi domestic affairs.  A premature…

The Middle East Falling out of Love With Obama

The Middle East Falling out of Love With Obama

Sep 07, 2010 at 10:46 | ISN Security Watch

Only fifteen months after his historic Cairo speech, there are alarming signs that President Obama’s new engagement policy with the middle east may soon find its place in history’s dustbin.…

Iran Promotes it’s Interests in War Ravaged Afghanistan

Iran Promotes it’s Interests in War Ravaged Afghanistan

Sep 06, 2010 at 08:11 | Open Democracy

As the endgame in Afghanistan begins to take shape, Iran has undertaken a series of political manoeuvrings to promote its interests in the war-ravaged country. By increasing its influence, the…

UN Sanctions on Iran Empowering the Revolutionary Guard

UN Sanctions on Iran Empowering the Revolutionary Guard

Sep 03, 2010 at 09:05 | Open Democracy

The increasingly militarised confrontation between the United States, Israel and Iran only strengthens the Ahmadinejad regime's intransigence, allowing it to side step an ongoing crisis of legitimacy. While the fourth…

Electricity Shortages in Iraq

Electricity Shortages in Iraq

Sep 01, 2010 at 11:38 | ISN Security Watch

As US combat troops leave Iraq this month, one of the problems left behind is a critical shortage of electricity for ordinary Iraqis. The problem used to be blamed on…

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