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Geopolitics / Middle East

Investigation Concludes “State Actor” Was Behind UAE Oil Tanker Attacks

Jun 07, 2019 at 11:01 | Irina Slav

An investigation carried out jointly by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Norway, has concluded that the party responsible for the attacks on four vessels off the UAE coast last month…

Iraq’s Ambitious Oil Plan Faces One Major Problem

Jun 03, 2019 at 15:51 | Simon Watkins

The Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad moved swiftly when the U.S. re-imposed sanctions against Iran, ordering its Oil Ministry to breach part of the supply gap by increasing…

Pentagon Accuses Iran Of Tanker Sabotage

May 27, 2019 at 10:10 | Irina Slav

The Pentagon has accused Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of sabotaging four vessels at the Emirati port of Fujairah that media reported earlier this month, and the reports pushed oil prices…

The Threat In Iraq Is Being Overblown

May 21, 2019 at 10:16 | Nick Cunningham

ExxonMobil evacuated some staff from southern Iraq over fears of rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, although there is still little evidence to suggest any oil operations will be…

War With Iran Could Send Oil To $250

May 20, 2019 at 16:40 | Vincent Lauerman

There has been much talk of an Iran War in recent weeks, but the likelihood of a war, whether intentional or accidental, is relatively small for the simple reason that…

On The Cusp Of War: Why Iran Won’t Fold

May 17, 2019 at 16:50 | Yossef Bodansky

iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, on May 14, 2019 — a week after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had visited Baghdad and reportedly met with a senior…

Trump’s Dangerous Oil Price Game

May 06, 2019 at 17:24 | Nick Cunningham

Trump’s trade war may have depressed oil prices at the start of the week, but the U.S.’ decision to send warships to the Middle East is an ominous sign…

The Next Flashpoint In This Emerging Energy Hub

Apr 30, 2019 at 10:32 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Eastern Mediterranean is quickly turning into an energy hub due to the discovery of significant gas resources in recent years. Egypt, for example, has already started production at its…

A New Middle East Mega-War Is Unfolding Right Before Our Eyes

Apr 24, 2019 at 14:44 | Yossef Bodansky

Iran is leading a new bloc, with Turkey and Qatar, intent on remaking the greater Middle East. The Iranian leadership recognizes that this drive might lead to a regional war…

Expect An Extension Of Iran Sanction Waivers

Apr 03, 2019 at 14:36 | Nick Cunningham

With Iran sanctions waivers set to expire in a few weeks, the Trump administration faces a difficult task. Oil prices are once again on the rise, just as they were…

New Middle East Alliance Shakes World Powers

Mar 28, 2019 at 18:10 | Yossef Bodansky

A new bloc is emerging in the greater Middle East with the declared objectives of dominating the entire Arab world, confronting and containing the US and its allies; and controlling…

Rubio’s “Full Gangster” Comments Hinder U.S.-Saudi Relations

Mar 07, 2019 at 16:47 | Tim Daiss

It didn’t take long for Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s comments that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had “gone full gangster” to make the news rounds all the way…

Qatar’s Brilliant Geopolitical Maneuver

Feb 27, 2019 at 12:57 | Editorial Dept

Roughly a year and half ago, US President Donald Trump has called on Qatar to stop the funding of terrorism and the spread of its “extremist ideology”, claiming that the…

Iran To Start Navy Drills In The World’s Key Oil Chokepoint

Feb 21, 2019 at 10:35 | Tsvetana Paraskova

As the U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil industry have already started to mount pressure on Tehran and have halved Iranian oil exports, the Islamic Republic announced that its Navy would…

Trump Under Fire For Support Of Saudi-Led Coalition In Yemen

Feb 07, 2019 at 14:11 | Tim Daiss

Congress is about to give President Trump a bloody nose, at least politically, over part of his Saudi Arabia policy. On Wednesday, the panel voted to cut off U.S. support…

OPEC’s Oil Princes Are Fighting For Survival

Feb 01, 2019 at 17:46 | Cyril Widdershoven

The already strained relationship between U.S. lawmakers and two of President Trump’s staunchest supporters, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, seems to be…

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

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

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

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.…

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