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Saudi Shale Swindle

The Great Saudi Shale Swindle

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Iran Sanctions

U.S. Targets 20 Iranian Companies In Fresh Round Of Sanctions

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Geopolitics / Middle East

Syria, L'Enfant Terrible of Foreign Politics

Syria, L'Enfant Terrible of Foreign Politics

Feb 13, 2013 at 16:55 | Claude Salhani

Syria today finds itself on the edge of a precipice, on the verge of falling into a deep political, social and economic abyss that could send the country spiralling into…

The Syrian End Game: A Private Actor Arena

The Syrian End Game: A Private Actor Arena

Feb 08, 2013 at 14:15 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Our attempts at offering probability scenarios for an end game in Syria are crippled by the intensified meddling of a growing number of private actors who have formed…

U.S. Violating its Own Sanctions on Iran

U.S. Violating its Own Sanctions on Iran

Feb 01, 2013 at 16:55 | Daniel J. Graeber

An audit of U.S. defense spending in Afghanistan finds the Pentagon may have spent a significant amount of money on fuel for the military there that came from Iran. Congress…

Qatar's Agenda in Syria

Qatar's Agenda in Syria

Feb 01, 2013 at 14:15 | Editorial Dept

Situation: Qatar continues to funnel weapons and facilitate other assistance to Syrian rebels and Salafi jihadists fighting the Assad regime in Syria.Bottom Line: Determining the outcome of the…

Iran on the Offensive

Iran on the Offensive

Jan 29, 2013 at 17:13 | Claude Salhani

Until now, the Arab oil producing countries of the Persian Gulf, also called the Arabian Gulf, or to those seeking political neutrality, simply the Gulf, looked at their Persian neighbour…

Exxon, BP Straddle Front Line in Iraq-Kurd Oil War

Exxon, BP Straddle Front Line in Iraq-Kurd Oil War

Jan 29, 2013 at 17:12 | Jen Alic

BP Plc (NYSE: BP) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) are caught on opposite sides of the front line of the oil war between the Iraqi central government and the…

Is Iraq Slipping into Civil War?

Is Iraq Slipping into Civil War?

Jan 25, 2013 at 12:55 | Editorial Dept

Incident: On 22 January, 17 people were killed and dozens wounded in a series of attacks in and around Baghdad and in Northern Iraq. Explosions targeted a military checkpoint in…

Jordan - Problems Ahead?

Jordan - Problems Ahead?

Jan 25, 2013 at 12:49 | Editorial Dept

Incident: Parliamentary elections on 23 January were billed as King Abdullah’s reform remedy for stemming the tide of rebellion. The opposition Muslim Brotherhood boycotted the polls because the King’s reform…

Iraq - Kuwait - Turkey: Relations Hit a New Low

Iraq - Kuwait - Turkey: Relations Hit a New Low

Jan 18, 2013 at 12:03 | Editorial Dept

Incident: In an indication of the dangerous new low reached in Iraqi-Turkish relations, Iraq’s central government has rescinded an exploration deal with a Turkey’s state-run TPAO and approved a new…

So Much for Desert Storm - Kuwait and Iraq Collaborate on Energy

So Much for Desert Storm - Kuwait and Iraq Collaborate on Energy

Jan 15, 2013 at 17:20 | John Daly

News emanating from the Middle East since the outbreak of the “Arab spring” two years ago has been intermittently nervous, but beneath the headlines, some political seismic shifts have been…


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