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Confirmed: ISIS Sold Oil To Assad & Turkey

Confirmed: ISIS Sold Oil To Assad & Turkey

An ex-ISIS commander confirmed that…

Geopolitics / Middle East

Turkey, At Energy Crossroads, Sliding Towards Authoritarianism

Turkey, At Energy Crossroads, Sliding Towards Authoritarianism

May 09, 2016 at 16:27 | Irina Slav

Last week’s resignation of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu has marked one more stepping stone in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s path to authoritarian rule. Erdogan has…

Struggle For Libya’s Oil Wealth Reaches Climax

Struggle For Libya’s Oil Wealth Reaches Climax

Apr 08, 2016 at 16:28 | Moutaz Ali

TRIPOLI—The battle for control over Libya is the battle to control Libya’s oil wealth, and it reached its climax on 7 April when the National Oil…

How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

Feb 16, 2016 at 16:48 | Gregory R. Copley

The Government of Turkey has now put itself in a position whereby it must act rapidly and precipitously to avoid moving to an ultimately losing strategic…

Israeli Minister Stirs Pot With Call For Independent Kurdish Nation

Israeli Minister Stirs Pot With Call For Independent Kurdish Nation

Jan 28, 2016 at 15:34 | Julianne Geiger

In an unexpected geopolitical twist to a new phase of Turkish-Israeli relations, Israel has called for an independent Kurdish nation, which can only be based on…

How Terrorist Groups Benefit from Low Oil Prices

How Terrorist Groups Benefit from Low Oil Prices

Jan 20, 2016 at 16:58 | Julianne Geiger

Terrorists have struck in the heart of Indonesia; the uber violent Boko Haram is rampaging across Nigeria; and ISIS is … everywhere. While the knee-jerk reaction is to ask how…

Does The U.S. Have A Middle East Strategy Going Forward?

Does The U.S. Have A Middle East Strategy Going Forward?

Jan 12, 2016 at 16:14 | Gregory R. Copley

Senior-level sources in numerous Middle Eastern governments have privately expressed bewilderment at recent and current U.S. government strategies and policies toward the region. But a closer…

Saudi Arabia Throws Down The Gauntlet, But To Whom?

Saudi Arabia Throws Down The Gauntlet, But To Whom?

Jan 06, 2016 at 16:48 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia’s Sudeiri-line leadership of the House of Sa’ud began 2016 with a major push to save its position and control of the Kingdom. It was…

Why Is The U.S. Reluctant To Bomb ISIS Oil Fields?

Why Is The U.S. Reluctant To Bomb ISIS Oil Fields?

Dec 02, 2015 at 16:05 | Ryan Opsal

There has been some revealing new information coming out recently regarding the strategy against ISIS. One aspect many find troubling is the apparent failure of U.S.…

Egypt’s Return To Strategic And Economic Centrality

Egypt’s Return To Strategic And Economic Centrality

Oct 23, 2015 at 15:33 | Gregory R. Copley

Egypt is in the process of rebuilding its capabilities and its prestige. On October 18 and 19, 2015, it held the first round of its legislative…

Qatar And Saudi Arabia Threatening To Escalate Syrian Conflict

Qatar And Saudi Arabia Threatening To Escalate Syrian Conflict

Oct 23, 2015 at 12:00 | ZeroHedge

Earlier this week, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir had the following message for Tehran: "We wish that Iran would change its policies and stop meddling in…

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