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Geopolitics / Middle East

Debts and Doubts Delay Kirkuk-Cehyan Oil Pipeline Renewal

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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