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Geopolitics / Middle East

Turkey Stands Firmly Against U.S. Sanctions On Iran

Turkey Stands Firmly Against U.S. Sanctions On Iran

Dec 24, 2018 at 12:29 | ZeroHedge

Following Wednesday's unexpected and dramatic full and "immediate" withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Syria, Turkey has announced it will not play ball on Iran sanctions. According to a translation…

The Battle For Syria’s Oil Region

The Battle For Syria’s Oil Region

Dec 24, 2018 at 09:33 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Syrian Civil War has gone through several phases over the course of seven years and it now appears to be entering another one. Government forces have regained control over…

Falling Oil Prices Threaten Saudi Economic Growth

Falling Oil Prices Threaten Saudi Economic Growth

Dec 21, 2018 at 16:55 | Oxford Business Group

In October the IMF revised its forecast for Saudi economic growth in 2018 and 2019, predicting GDP would increase by 2.2 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively, up on the 1.9…

Saudi Arabia Can Outwait The Khashoggi Crisis

Saudi Arabia Can Outwait The Khashoggi Crisis

Dec 13, 2018 at 11:52 | Global Risk Insights

On 10 November 2018, Turkey shared with Western and Saudi officials the audio recording that proved Saudi Arabia was responsible for the murder Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2nd.…

Saudi Arabia’s Biggest Geopolitical Error

Saudi Arabia’s Biggest Geopolitical Error

Dec 10, 2018 at 14:08 | Gregory R. Copley

War is inherently risk-intense, and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly. The more comprehensive the engagement the less predictable the outcome. So it is…

Qatar Looks To Revitalize Trade Amid Embargo

Qatar Looks To Revitalize Trade Amid Embargo

Nov 29, 2018 at 12:01 | Oxford Business Group

On November 7 Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, announced that Doha was looking to expand trade and investment…

How Much Does The U.S. Spend On Defending Global Oil Supplies?

How Much Does The U.S. Spend On Defending Global Oil Supplies?

Sep 24, 2018 at 13:39 | Tim Daiss

President Trump’s insistence that the U.S. is unfairly shouldering the cost of protecting global sea shipping lanes for major oil producing nations received a new boost last week. A report…

Saudis Expand Mining Sector As Part Of Diversification Push

Saudis Expand Mining Sector As Part Of Diversification Push

Sep 21, 2018 at 16:50 | Oxford Business Group

Mining grew by 6.3 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) in the first quarter of 2018, according to data issued by the General Authority for Statistics on July 2. Coupled with expansion in…

Is A New Crisis Brewing In The Saudi Royal Family?

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

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,…

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