Iran Reveals Details on New Contracts With IOCs

Iran announced new details on how it will design contracts with international companies seeking to develop Iranian oil and gas reserves, according to Bloomberg. At a conference in Tehran, Iranian officials stated that they will provide incentives for companies developing riskier fields in an effort to lift production. Iran appears to be planning for the eventual […]

Iranian Oil Exports Increase After Nuclear Deal

By Nicholas Cunningham: Shaking off some of the restrictions of international sanctions, Iran managed to boost its oil exports by 100,000 barrels per day in January. According to the IEA, Iran was able to export 1.32 million barrels per day last month, with the increased flow going to China, Japan, and India. To be sure, Iran used […]

The Big Iran Deal

The Iran deal is a good deal for the U.S., Europe and for Iran. It suggests a shake up of the Middle East and a plausible belief in the likelihood of a major deal in six months. The deal with Iran happened on Iranian President Rouhani’s 99th day in office. Obviously taken with the idea of measuring a […]

How an Iran-U.S. Deal Would Change the Strategic Landscape

By Gregory R. Copley: A rapprochement between the US and Iran — now possible because of the domestic political needs of both governments — would change the global strategic landscape. A strategic rapprochement between the two once-allied states, estranged since 1979, would cut a swathe through the geo-strategic reach of Russia and the People’s Republic […]

When Iran Negotiations Aren’t About Iran

By the Editors of OilPrice.com Premium: Bottom Line: What is important to understand about negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program is that is has less to do with nuclear issues than it does with the back-room diplomatic dance that has Israel, Saudi Arabia and France doing everything in their power to derail Washington’s plans. Analysis: The […]

Iran’s Looming Energy Crisis

By Samir Tata/ISN Security Watch The United States has established beyond any doubt that Iran is facing a looming energy crisis that threatens to transform the country into a net importer rather than a net exporter of oil. The consequences of this would be catastrophic: Iran would suffer severe economic stagnation and become strategically irrelevant. […]

Iran-Pakistan Natural Gas Pipeline Stumbles on Financing

It is hard not to feel some sympathy for Pakistan’s current energy deficit problems, which are both severe and increasing. The U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration notes in its “country analysis” on Pakistan, “Pakistan’s economy has continued to struggle with underemployment, slow economic growth, and high inflation. Pakistan’s inability to meet domestic energy demand has […]

Sanctions Have Only Steeled Iran against US, and Given Power to China

Washington sanctions on Iran have undermined the very goals that it would like to achieve. Rather than engaging Tehran, the sanctions are reinforcing the hardliners; isolating moderate sections of Iran’s community, including the business community and the middle class; dividing old U.S. allies and strengthening China’s clout in the Middle East. In the past few […]