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Geopolitics / Middle East

Russia Consolidates Control

Russia Consolidates Control Over The World’s Top Oil Region

Oct 15, 2019 at 10:46 | RFE/RL staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin has traveled to the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) as part of a tour aimed at strengthening Moscow's presence in the Middle East.Putin flew…

MBS

The Saudi Crown Prince’s Final Option

Oct 04, 2019 at 16:34 | Cyril Widdershoven

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been making headlines again these last few days. After giving an interview to CBS in which he admitted the mistakes of the Khashoggi…

Iraq protests

Sudden Eruption Of Violence In Iraq Threatens Oil Supply

Oct 03, 2019 at 16:28 | Nick Cunningham

Oil prices have fallen sharply over the past week, as the swift return of disrupted Saudi oil production allowed markets to look past geopolitical risk. But that doesn’t mean…

Soleimani

Iran Says It Foiled Israeli-Arab Plot To Blow Up Elite Guards Commander

Oct 03, 2019 at 13:14 | ZeroHedge

Iran has announced that it thwarted a sophisticated plot to assassinate General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  State media, which first unveiled the news…

Stena Impero

Stena Bulk Cries “Liar” As Iran Holds Onto Detained Oil Tanker

Sep 25, 2019 at 12:31 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Two days after Iran said that the detained UK-flagged oil tanker was “free to leave Iran,” officials in the Islamic Republic said on Wednesday that the detention order had…

Tehran

Has Iran Won The War For The Middle East?

Sep 20, 2019 at 17:22 | Yossef Bodansky

The most important historic milestone was not the heavy damage to the Saudi oil installations during the attacks on them on September 14, 2019. Rather, it was a quiet Ashura…

Javad Zarif

Oil Prices Up As Iran Prepares For "All Out War"

Sep 19, 2019 at 10:58 | Tsvetana Paraskova

An American or Saudi military strike on Iran because of the weekend attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure would result in an “all-out-war,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told CNN in…

Riyadh at night

War In The Middle East Is China’s Worst Nightmare

Sep 17, 2019 at 12:13 | Irina Slav

When President Donald Trump on Sunday said the United States was “locked and loaded” to respond to the drone attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure, many smelled war. Even though…

Riyadh

Is A Full-Blown War In The Persian Gulf Inevitable?

Sep 16, 2019 at 12:02 | Cyril Widdershoven

Iran has been able to counter U.S. President Trump’s maximum pressure strategy by taking the challenge to the next level. With a big bang, the global oil market has been…

Trump JCPOA

Trump’s Softer Line On Iran Could Tank Oil Prices

Sep 11, 2019 at 17:21 | Nick Cunningham

Trump is mulling easing sanctions on Iran as a way to increase the odds of a face-to-face meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Oil prices briefly fell on Tuesday…

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