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 […]

Why Is Syria Important to Iran?

Remember Bill Clinton’s catchy slogan “it’s all about the economy, stupid?”  Well when it comes to the Middle East, it’s all about the oil.  The wars, the disputes, the bickering, it all boils down to one thing: oil. To better understand the geopolitics of oil let’s take a good look at a map of the […]

How Iran Plays the Oil Game…and Wins

Instability in Libya and other parts of North Africa may be giving international investors the jitters.  In August, U.S. energy explorer Apache Corp. said it had enough of the political upheaval in Egypt and  solda portion of its assets there to its Chinese counterpart, Sinopec. In neighboring Libya, Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell said they’d had […]

Iran Puts West in ‘Check’ With Omani Gas Deal

The Iranian government announced this week it secured a long-term natural gas agreement with its maritime neighbors in Oman. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to lead the country as a moderate when he was sworn in to office in early August.  The Iranian Oil Ministry vowed to move the country’s oil and natural gas industries […]

Iran’s New Leaders and the American Response

Maybe it’s because of U.S. domestic politics. Maybe it’s because of the humiliation many Americans feel they suffered at the hands of the Iranians. Think of those hostages whose rescue mission disintegrated in the Iranian desert. Maybe it’s because America’s critics are right. America has become an arrogant superpower, they say. But somehow, the U.S. […]

Venezuela and Iran: The End of The Affair?

Over his fourteen year reign, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez developed strong political ties to Iran: visiting that country several times and hosting Iranian presidents on reciprocal visits. Since then, spring boarding off of these Venezuelan ties, Iran has spread its tendrils into Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Brazil. Yet with Chávez deceased, and […]

Patriot Games: New President, but United Front on Iranian Nuclear Program?

This weekend, the world welcomed the surprise victory of Hassan Rouhani, the most “moderate” of approved candidates in Iran’s presidential election. Commentators voiced optimism over potential changes in policies, amid ongoing economic sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program, but coming changes to Iran’s foreign relations are likely overstated. Iranian elections are notoriously hard to predict, and […]