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Iraq’s Ambitious Oil Plan Faces One Major Problem

Iraq’s Ambitious Oil Plan Faces One Major Problem

Iraq has significantly increased its…

Iran Won’t Leave OPEC

Iran Won’t Leave OPEC

Iran has no intention of…

Geopolitics / Middle East

Tough Choices Ahead in Afghanistan

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

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

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…

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.…


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