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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.

Backgrounder: Sweden Elections 2018

Election campaign Socialdemokraterna, cc Flickr Håkan Dahlström, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Upcoming elections are being billed as a fight for the country’s soul, but this is one battle that’s likely to end in stalemate.

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.

Between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE: Tunisia’s Quest for Neutrality

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Tunisia is attempting to maintain its foreign policy independence while navigating its triangular relationship with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. It’s no easy task.

In Defense of the Iran Nuclear Deal

ObTru, cc Flickr Karl-Ludwig Poggemann, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/hinkelstone/31196987133/in/photolist-PwLHov-zTtQQd-yXzMrU-CGCfvx-zBZNfC-ybei6R-yqqxij-xvRevR-vXfapm-ysH8xr-ytsgfk-yb3beN-xvRcFZ-ybdj2R-ysH9ie-xvRQ5v-yb8421-wfjqVH-yrMHfS-ysF3i2-ytqVot-weVvRK-wee6eW-yb543s-ysJ9Wr-yrN7Bw-wfmyk8-weeHrA-yrNHTU-yb8weq-vXhrDQ-ybch3x-vXfpuo-ybcjxT-yrCWHb-vXfLdu-xvDAYf-zBZV2S-zUJnmy-yaXkpb-ybaa2H-ybdFhr-ytikJD-z1buRr-yaXAzb-zCuYxd-zEqMcJ-zBYrWy-yaYC7W-24Bbk1i

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

PumpJack, cc Flickr Paul Lowry, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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?

Vladimir_Putin_FIFA_World_Cup_Trophy_Tour_kick-off_ceremony, modified www.kremlin.ru

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.

OPEC Stabilizes Oil Markets, for Now

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In Vienna, OPEC+ displayed its greatest strength… and its greatest weakness.

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

Hassan_Rouhani_press_conference_after_his_election_as_president_14, cc Alireza Bahari, modified, Fars News, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:President_Rouhani_at_Hormozgan_2018-02-28_02.jpg

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

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