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Geopolitics / Middle East

Is A New Crisis Brewing In The Saudi Royal Family?

Sep 07, 2018 at 17:11 | Cyril Widdershoven

Major changes are never going without instability, conflict and possible crisis. Saudi Arabia’s dramatic change to diversify its economy away from an oil-based rentier state status is not going as…

Washington Announces Sanctions On Syrian Oil Industry

Sep 07, 2018 at 09:11 | Irina Slav

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced sanctions against five Syrian companies and four individuals on allegations of facilitating crude oil shipments and financing to the Assad government, Reuters reports,…

Iraq Is Facing A Major Internal Crisis

Sep 05, 2018 at 15:33 | Cyril Widdershoven

Despite the fact that production and export figures presented by Iraqi sources are showing a significant improvement, optimism should be tempered. Iraq continues to head towards a major showdown between…

Houthis Claim Successful Attack On Aramco Oil Facility

Sep 04, 2018 at 09:12 | Irina Slav

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have claimed a successful attack on an unidentified oil facility of Saudi Aramco in Jizan, according to a report in Iranian state news agency IRNA. The…

Iranians Are Turning To U.S. Dollars To Offset Sanctions

Aug 29, 2018 at 16:53 | Tim Daiss

In a development that must be hard to stomach for the political elite in Tehran, many Iranians are turning to U.S. dollars to offset the impact of sanctions and a…

Iran Claims It Has Full Control Over The World’s Most Important Oil Chokepoint

Aug 29, 2018 at 11:23 | Tsvetana Paraskova

As the first round of U.S. sanctions on Iran kicked in earlier this month and the second round of sanctions—including on Iranian oil exports—is set to snap back in early…

Warship Or Oil Tanker – What Did The Houthis Hit?

Aug 06, 2018 at 12:33 | Irina Slav

Late last month, reports emerged from Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies that the Yemen Houthi rebels had attacked two Saudi oil tankers in the strait of Bab el-Mandeb,…

Trump vs Iran: A War Of Words

Aug 02, 2018 at 16:12 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The war of words between the United States and Iran has been heating up as the return of U.S. sanctions threatens to take more than 1 million bpd of Iranian…

Israel Threatens Military Response Against Houthi Forces

Aug 02, 2018 at 13:05 | ZeroHedge

Will the war in Yemen become the next battleground in the ongoing Iran-Israel proxy war for the Middle East? The past year has witnessed a more out in the open proxy war between the…

Can Iran Circumvent U.S. Sanctions?

Jul 26, 2018 at 11:29 | Vanand Meliksetian

On August 6th, the first batch of sanctions against the Islamic Republic will go into effect. This includes sanctions on the acquisition of US dollar banknotes by Iran's government, sanctions…

Iran Vows ‘Equal Countermeasures’ If U.S. Tries To Block Oil Exports

Jul 24, 2018 at 08:31 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Iran’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Tehran would respond with “equal countermeasures” if the United States tries to block Iranian crude oil exports. “If America wants to take…

Iranian President Threatens U.S. With “Mother Of All Wars”

Jul 23, 2018 at 10:56 | Irina Slav

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has threatened the United States with “the mother of all wars” if Washington continues pressuring it with sanctions and attempts to foment unrest among the already…

Iran Files Complaint Against U.S. For “Unlawful” Sanctions

Jul 19, 2018 at 12:26 | Tim Daiss

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter that Iran had filed a complaint against the U.S. with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to "hold…

The Broader Implications Of U.S. Sanctions On Iran

Jul 10, 2018 at 10:31 | Vanand Meliksetian

President Donald Trump’s aversion towards Iran’s rulers has been obvious since his announcement for running for the office of US president. His confrontational policy has culminated in the unilateral withdrawal…

Iranian President: No One Will Benefit From U.S. Nuclear-Deal Exit

Jul 04, 2018 at 12:30 | RFE/RL staff

During a visit to Vienna, Iranian President Hassan Rohani has reiterated that Tehran will remain in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as long as its interests are guaranteed…

Confirmed: ISIS Sold Oil To Assad & Turkey

Jul 02, 2018 at 11:59 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Islamic State was selling oil and gas to the Syrian regime and to Turkey, while the militants were ruling over large areas in Syria and Iraq over the past three…

Saudi Arabia Gets Boost From New Market Reclassification

Jun 22, 2018 at 17:08 | Tim Daiss

On Wednesday,  MSCI said that it would reclassify Saudi Arabia as an emerging market, a move that will bring billions of dollars of inflow to the oil producing country.…

Iranian Influence In Iraq Grows

Jun 18, 2018 at 11:00 | Yossef Bodansky

Iran has effectively won the struggle to dominate the future of Iraq. It has done so against the formidable Shi’ite Arab populace, and after nearly a month of raw pressure,…

Oil Kingdom In Crisis: Saudi Royal Family Rift Turns Violent

Jun 04, 2018 at 12:19 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia has plunged its immediate region into major strategic uncertainty. What can only be described as a serious outbreak of shooting in the Royal Palace in Riyadh on April…

Kuwait Halts Tax Plan As Oil Prices Rise

Jun 01, 2018 at 16:50 | Oxford Business Group

Following a Budgets and Final Accounts Committee meeting on May 14, the National Assembly confirmed the revised timeline for the VAT introduction, citing a lack of technical and logistical readiness…

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