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Geopolitics / Middle East

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…

Yemen's Push Into the Gas Sector Fails to Stimulate Great Excitement and Raises Disturbing Questions

Mar 03, 2010 at 13:54 | Fawzia Sheikh

With Yemen’s oil revenues plunging, the government’s push into the gas market seemed like an economic saving grace for a state wracked by poverty and terrorism, but analysts warn more…

Kurds Push for Oil Law with Baghdad Amid South's Sudden Bright Future

Feb 24, 2010 at 12:54 | Fawzia Sheikh

While the Iraqi government has made overtures to its Kurdish counterpart in the north to end an oil standoff, much remains in doubt without an actual law keeping the industry…

Iran Unfazed By Congressional Threats of New Energy Sanctions

Feb 09, 2010 at 20:54 | Fawzia Sheikh

U.S. lawmakers are toughening their stance on Iran’s energy industry with new economic penalties, but experts doubt the Islamic regime will pay much attention and is more likely to open…

As the Middle East Peace Talks Hit Deadlock, Talk of Israel Joining the European Union Increases

Feb 02, 2010 at 19:32 | Claude Salhani

The Middle East peace talks are at a deadlock. Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to move ahead with the plan established by the so-called Quartet – the US., U.N.,…

Media and Political Hysteria Over Yemen Hides a Deeper Strategic Matrix of Long-Term Importance

Jan 19, 2010 at 15:37 | Gregory R. Copley

US and Western European political leaders have begun to focus on Yemen as a source of projected instability and as a haven for jihadist terrorism against the West. This simplistic…

Sharoudi Emerging as Candidate to Replace Khamene'i as Iranian "Supreme Leader"

Jan 05, 2010 at 17:53 | Yossef Bodansky

Very senior officials in several Persian Gulf states have confirmed to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs a growing volume of whispers coming from Tehran since mid-December 2009 which identify Iranian Ayatollah…

Iran to Surge to a Hegemonic Position in the Middle East Without a Major War

Jan 01, 2010 at 23:56 | Yossef Bodansky

Despite the lingering demonstrations and disorder in Tehran, Iran’s ruling mullahs are confident anew in their country’s ability to surge to a hegemonic position in the Middle East without a…

Interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan Set to Collide, With Global Implications

Dec 29, 2009 at 21:16 | Yossef Bodansky

The coming year: 2010, will see a growing clash of conflicting mega-trends in the Afghanistan-Pakistan theater; trends which will ultimately have long-term impact not only on the region, but on…

Iraq to Challenge Saudi Arabia for the Position of World's Largest Oil Producer, if...

Dec 27, 2009 at 20:08 | Tejinder Singh

Baghdad is coming of age in its own backyard with the awarding of contracts for developing its oil reserves while taking care of its assets as evident from its tough…

Arab Leaders Finally Awake to Growing Iranian Threat

Dec 23, 2009 at 14:04 | Claude Salhani

In order to survive revolutions must continue to propagate themselves or else they die; that was true of revolutions on the left that saw their golden years in the late…

Growing Power of Iraqi Kurdistan Could Backfire on Tehran

Dec 19, 2009 at 03:54 | Gregory R. Copley

Iran's strategy to break Iraq into three component territories, and to dominate those territories in order to reduce regional opposition and to gain unfettered access to Syria and the Mediterranean…

Is Turkey Shifting Alliances?

Dec 15, 2009 at 13:59 | Claude Salhani

For the last several decades it was generally assumed that Israel was the United States’ staunchest ally in the Greater Middle East. But when former Nebraskan Republican Senator Chuck Hagel…

Iran Gains Strategic Momentum Balancing Russia, the PRC and the West

Dec 10, 2009 at 21:16 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Iran is gathering momentum to become a great regional power with global implications. It is already a nuclear weapons power, with externally-acquired nuclear weapons. But the question facing Iranians and…

The Continuing Saga of Iran's Nuclear Build-Up

Dec 08, 2009 at 14:44 | Claude Salhani

History was made about ten days ago in Vienna at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency when China and Russia voted along with the United States to sanction…

America's Best Ally in Afghanistan - Russia

Oct 16, 2009 at 18:15 | John Daly

As the Obama Administration ponders how to produce something resembling victory from the Afghan quagmire, it faces a number of foreign policy choices, few of them palatable. Despite the earnest…

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