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Saudi Rhetoric Sends Oil Prices To Two-Year High

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The War That Would Transform Oil Markets

The War That Would Transform Oil Markets

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Geopolitics / Middle East

Kurds Are The Last Line Of Defense For The West In Kobani

Kurds Are The Last Line Of Defense For The West In Kobani

Oct 21, 2014 at 17:02 | Claude Salhani

While still a predominant factor in the war being waged by the Islamic State, oil is taking a back seat as the full brunt of Middle East-style politics is unleashed…

Kurds Are “Fighting For America” Against Islamic State

Kurds Are “Fighting For America” Against Islamic State

Oct 14, 2014 at 15:37 | Claude Salhani

The group known as the Islamic State, also often called by its former name, ISIS, (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), has established itself as the world’s largest, most ruthless…

Islamic State Battles Kurds Over Border Town To Maintain Oil Trade

Islamic State Battles Kurds Over Border Town To Maintain Oil Trade

Oct 08, 2014 at 18:00 | Claude Salhani

Islamic State militants have been fighting for the past week for control of a key town straddling the Syrian-Turkish border. A victory by IS in Kobani, better known in…

‘Moderate Iran’ Still Only After One Thing

‘Moderate Iran’ Still Only After One Thing

Sep 25, 2014 at 16:28 | Mansour Kashfi

Iranian Oil, Gas and International SanctionsThe Iranian petroleum industry was a very effective organization before the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC)…

Azerbaijan’s Geopolitical Importance Goes Beyond Oil and Gas

Azerbaijan’s Geopolitical Importance Goes Beyond Oil and Gas

Sep 23, 2014 at 17:56 | Claude Salhani

The Middle East is being consumed by some of the worst violence in its history, caused by Arabs themselves amidst unprecedented cruelty and destruction. At the rate the fighting is…

Oil: A Blessing And A Curse For The Middle East

Oil: A Blessing And A Curse For The Middle East

Sep 17, 2014 at 14:50 | Claude Salhani

What exactly is at stake in the battle for control of the Middle East, other than the obvious -- the region’s abundant oil and natural gas? And why is it…

Islamic State’s Ultimate Goal: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wells

Islamic State’s Ultimate Goal: Saudi Arabia’s Oil Wells

Sep 09, 2014 at 17:01 | Claude Salhani

For the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq were a good place to start their campaign, but in order to survive and prosper it knew from…

3 Things A Deal With Iran Would Likely Include

3 Things A Deal With Iran Would Likely Include

Aug 25, 2014 at 17:21 | Global Risk Insights

In mid-July, negotiators from the so-called P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union) reached a mutual agreement with Iran to extend an interim…

U.S. Airstrikes Against IS Won’t Be Enough

U.S. Airstrikes Against IS Won’t Be Enough

Aug 12, 2014 at 17:22 | Claude Salhani

The followers of the new so-called Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, have been on the rampage again this week, wreaking havoc and sowing death and destruction across Iraq. If…

Does UAE Conscription Law Signal the End of the Dream?

Does UAE Conscription Law Signal the End of the Dream?

Aug 05, 2014 at 16:50 | Claude Salhani

The United Arab Emirates announced in June that it is introducing compulsory military service for all male citizens aged between 18 and 30 and setting up a new national…

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