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Geopolitics / Middle East

Double Dealing in Iraq and Syria: The Kurdish Independence Gamble

Aug 13, 2012 at 17:10 | Jen Alic

Adding Syria to the Baghdad-Irbil equation makes for a rather interesting geopolitical sum, but there is no clear winner emerging just yet as everyone from international oil companies, Western governments,…

Kurds Don't Hold all the Cards in Iraqi Oil Battle

Aug 03, 2012 at 18:44 | Jen Alic

The battle between the Iraqi central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq is picking up dangerous momentum as Baghdad attempts to fight back against…

Iraq's Kurdish Region Pulling Away from Baghdad Control

Aug 03, 2012 at 18:34 | John Daly

To paraphrase Apollo 13, “Baghdad, we have a problem.” Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) is increasingly signing unilateral oil deals with international oil giants, bypassing Baghdad. Iraq’s central…

Pakistan Moves Toward Political, if Not Economic, Stability

Jul 30, 2012 at 17:18 | Gregory R. Copley

Pakistan, with its political stand-off with the US Government now at least superficially resolved — and with Coalition convoys once again resuming logistical activities between the port of Karachi and…

How the Uprising in Syria Could Affect the Global Oil Market

Jul 27, 2012 at 17:12 | Post Carbon

In surveying the multiple, uprisings, insurgencies, insurrections, confrontations and what have you currently going on in the Middle East, it is hard to believe that all this turmoil will not…

Iraqi Oil Showdown and the Syria End-Game

Jul 25, 2012 at 16:02 | Jen Alic

As the Iraqi central government struggles to subdue the implications of the unilateral oil deals northern Iraq’s Kurdish government is making with Western oil majors, an end-game scenario for Syria…

Iran at Its Strategic Juncture

Jul 18, 2012 at 18:35 | Gregory R. Copley

Iran, no less than the European Union or the United States of America, faces a series of problems which place it at a critical strategic junction. It now faces urgent…

Why NATO Cannot Deal with Syria, in the Same Way as Libya

Jul 02, 2012 at 15:44 | Editorial Dept

The Assad regime’s persistent use of deadly force to crush a 16-month uprising by Syrian rebels is now expected to continue without foreign intervention, leaving many observers wondering why the…

The Making of Kurdistan: Oil, Investment and a Turkish Gamble

Jun 14, 2012 at 17:54 | Jen Alic

As tensions rise among Iraqi Kurds in the country’s north, Sunnis in the south and the Shi’ite-led government in Baghdad over the distribution of natural resources, Turkey is setting its…

Azerbaijan's International Energy Aspirations Raise Tensions in Middle East

May 15, 2012 at 18:38 | Jen Alic

Azerbaijan has been expanding its international energy aspirations further afield over the past several years, gaining assets in Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Georgia, and offering to build…

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