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U.S. and Iran Locked in a Dangerous Game of Brinkmanship

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Geopolitics / Middle East

Turkey’s Latest Geopolitical Gamble Could Result In Catastrophe

Jul 03, 2020 at 16:48 | Cyril Widdershoven

The rosy future of the offshore East Mediterranean (East-Med) gas boom is in jeopardy. The current COVID-related economic downturn, combined with the dramatic drop in demand for oil…

UN Report Links Iran To Attacks On Saudi Oil Tankers

Jun 12, 2020 at 15:29 | RFE/RL staff

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told the Security Council in a report quoted by Reuters that cruise missiles used in attacks on Saudi oil facilities last…

Oil Price War Puts Entire Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia At Risk

May 11, 2020 at 17:03 | Simon Watkins

At no time since Ibn Saud first consolidated his Arabian conquests into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932 has the ruling Saud dynasty faced such an existential threat to…

Russia And China Are Battling For Influence In Oil Rich Iraq

May 05, 2020 at 11:53 | Simon Watkins

With the U.S.’s patience wearing thin on its dealings with neighbouring Iran, endemic corruption still prevalent in both the south of the country and in the northern semi-autonomous…

Could Low Oil Prices Spark A New War In The Middle East?

Apr 24, 2020 at 17:46 | Haley Zaremba

It may seem that the worst-case scenario has already come to pass, as United States crude prices plunged far below zero on Monday, with the West Texas Intermediate…

Oil Smuggling And Politics: Washington’s Patience With Iraq Is Wearing Thin

Apr 08, 2020 at 16:53 | Simon Watkins

Under its effective leader, firebrand ultra-nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraq is theoretically committed to not allowing itself to become overly dependent on any one country. That was the rallying call…

Does Saudi Arabia Really Fear A Bernie Presidency?

Mar 05, 2020 at 16:47 | Julianne Geiger

Democrat presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders raised eyebrows on the campaign trail when he referred to Saudi Arabia’s leadership as “murderous thugs”, raising the question of just how concerned the…

Coronavirus Hurts Middle East Economies Beyond Oil

Mar 04, 2020 at 15:26 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The Middle East oil exporters are grappling with depressed demand in their key market, China, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The economies of the Arab Gulf countries are feeling the…

This Country Is A Safehaven In An Unstable Middle East

Feb 27, 2020 at 15:18 | Simon Watkins

With a fiscal breakeven oil price of just over US$87 per barrel (pb) of Brent this year, around 85 per cent of its revenues still coming from the hydrocarbons sector,…

What Iran’s Election Result Means For Oil Markets

Feb 24, 2020 at 10:53 | Simon Watkins

Ever since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed in principle in 2015 by Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, and China plus…

Russia Is Defeating The U.S. In The Middle East Oil Game

Feb 18, 2020 at 17:34 | Simon Watkins

Historically, Russia goes to great lengths to hide or disguise its strategic intentions but it clearly feels empowered enough in the Middle East to very obviously stake its claim in…

U.S. Set To Extend Iraq Waiver For Energy Imports From Iran

Feb 10, 2020 at 13:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The United States is inclined to extend the waiver to Iraq to continue importing electricity and natural gas to Iran, which are vital to Iraq’s energy needs, three senior Iraqi…

The Three Countries Vying For Ultimate Power In The Middle East

Jan 24, 2020 at 17:33 | Yossef Bodansky

Two notable deaths in early January 2020 pushed the greater Middle East to increased tension and instability. There emerges a growing risk, as a result, of a sudden discrete…

Could ISIS Take Control Over This Large Iraqi Oil Field?

Jan 14, 2020 at 16:40 | Editorial Dept

As always, it’s the fear of sanctions that provides the leverage Trump seeks in this cat-and-mouse game with Iran. And this time, the leverage is over Iraq, which would like…

Libyan General Haftar Surprises Putin & Erdogan: Rejects Peace Deal

Jan 14, 2020 at 12:01 | ZeroHedge

Head the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj, and Benghazi-based General Khalifa Haftar who is now warring for control of the capital, were actually in the same…

Will Oman Take Sides In The Latest Middle East Crisis?

Jan 10, 2020 at 16:47 | Yale Global

Like many of the lesser-known countries in the Global South, Oman rarely commands the attention of the international community. For the opaque politics of this Arab sultanate, though, the obscurity…

Is Iraq About To Become A Chinese Client State?

Jan 08, 2020 at 16:38 | Simon Watkins

Following the political and popular backlash in Iran over details of its plans to make the Islamic Republic effectively a client state through various multi-layered oil and gas deals, China…

Video: U.S. Embassy Under Attack From Iraqi Militias

Jan 08, 2020 at 16:12 | Julianne Geiger

Reports of new rocket fire surfaced late on Wednesday afternoon, landing in Iraq’s Green Zone, home to the US Embassy and other foreign missions, just hours after US President Donald…

The Real Reason The U.S. Is Interested In Iran

Jan 07, 2020 at 12:58 | Kurt Cobb

The American obsession with Iran is about oil and natural gas. If these two resources had been absent, it is hard to imagine such an intense American focus on the…

US Urges All Americans To Leave Iraq After Soleimani Assassination

Jan 03, 2020 at 10:02 | Julianne Geiger

The US embassy in Baghdad has urged all US citizens to leave Iraq immediately, after the US killed Iranian military general and hardliner Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander…

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