Iran-Saudi Arabia Rivalry

FLASH: OPEC Goes Rogue on Trump, Keeps Production Steady

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President Trump’s cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia failed to translate into a production hike from OPEC+ over the weekend.

Whither the Saudi Aramco IPO?

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When, if ever, will the Saudi Aramco IPO take place? At this point it’s anyone’s guess.

Iran Sanctions: Energy Market Winners and Losers

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Iran’s biggest customers are scrambling to secure alternative sources of oil supply.

In Defense of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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With every passing day, it becomes more obvious that scrapping the Iran nuclear deal was a strategic and diplomatic blunder.

The 2018 Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East

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This year’s Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East explored regional security issues from the perspectives of experts from Iran, Syria, and Russia.

Did “Putin’s World Cup” Pack a Geopolitical Punch?

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Russia’s World Cup dividend is set to be short-lived. The same might not be true for Qatar in 2022.

Water Conflict: Protests over Water, Pollution Flare in Iran

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A historic drought is bringing water pressures to the fore in Iran and adding to the authorities’ growing list of troubles.

Amid Strikes and Protests, Iran Braces for a New Wave of Sanctions

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Tehran tries to put one fire out while preparing for an inferno.

Jordan Protests Threaten to Disrupt a Key US Ally in the Middle East

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Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki has resigned but the protests rage on. Should King Abdullah II be worried?

President Trump Scraps the Iran Nuclear Deal

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President Trump has made good on his campaign promise to tear up the Iran nuclear deal.

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