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Geopolitics

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…

Why Oil Markets Don't Have To Worry About World War 3

Jan 08, 2020 at 17:14 | Editorial Dept

In a series of moves, Trump has successfully distracted public attention from his impeachment. With some targeted strikes on Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria and the intentionally spectacular public assassination…

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…

Russia Halts Oil Supply To Key European Transit Hub

Jan 03, 2020 at 14:18 | RFE/RL staff

Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus amid a disagreement over tariffs, according to officials at a Belarusian oil refinery in the northern city of Navapolatsak.The officials told…

The Fear Premium Is Back In Oil

Jan 03, 2020 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Without the fear premium, oil doesn’t have much else to boost it for 2020. And right now, that fear premium has produced a sudden $3 surge in oil prices following…

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…

Iran Likely To Struggle More In 2020

Jan 02, 2020 at 10:46 | RFE/RL staff

Iran had a rough year in 2019 and the New Year is quite likely to bring just as many difficulties to the door of the Islamic republic.Iran came…

U.S. Sanctions Have Cost Iran $200 Billion

Jan 02, 2020 at 10:42 | RFE/RL staff

President Hassan Rohani made the comments while launching a railway project near Tehran on December 31. "Iran would have earned $200 billion surplus income...if the country were not involved in…

Iran Wants To Start Oil & Gas Production In This Disputed Hotspot

Dec 31, 2019 at 12:52 | Simon Watkins

Given the array of sweetener deals in the oil and gas sector promised to Russia by Iran in the past year or so – suspended until public outcry over these…

The One Region Oil Markets Can’t Ignore In 2020

Dec 27, 2019 at 12:12 | Irina Slav

The year that is drawing to its close has been turbulent for the Middle East. While oil prices stubbornly refused to respond to efforts to push them higher, remaining locked…

The Biggest Threat To The Energy Sector

Dec 27, 2019 at 11:53 | Llewellyn King

In engineering there are credible and incredible failures. Nuclear power plants were designed against what was believed to be a “maximum credible accident.” Then came Fukushima, incredible. In early December,…

Russia’s Latest Energy Power Play

Dec 24, 2019 at 10:45 | Global Risk Insights

The recent exposure of a Russian intelligence operation in Serbia highlights the dual strategy that Russia pursues towards its neighbours. It also underlines the geopolitical position that Serbia finds itself in…

Gazprom’s Latest Plan To Avoid U.S. Sanctions

Dec 24, 2019 at 10:23 | ZeroHedge

Trump's signing the 2020 NDAA into law on Friday, and with it, sanctions targeting European and Russian companies laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, had the immediate impact of forcing…

Russia Strengthens Its Grip On Syrian Oil

Dec 20, 2019 at 16:33 | Simon Watkins

Following the various recent announcements from U.S. President Donald Trump that he wants the country to withdraw from all areas of potential conflict in the Middle East – except Saudi…

Muslim Cryptocurrency: Iran’s Latest Plan To Circumvent Sanctions

Dec 20, 2019 at 14:30 | ZeroHedge

Iran’s President has proposed to create a Muslim cryptocurrency as one of a number of means to confront the economic dominance of the United States. Speaking at an Islamic conference in Malaysia…

U.S. Lawmakers Pass “Sanctions Bill From Hell” To Punish Russia

Dec 18, 2019 at 13:12 | RFE/RL staff

A U.S. Senate panel has passed a bill that is designed to punish Russia for its alleged interference in democratic processes abroad as well as "malign" actions in Syria and…

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