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. […]

Lagarde: Building Bridges to the Future in the Persian Gulf

By Christine Lagarde—Managing Director, IMF: Two days ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Kuwait, a member country of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It was a whirlwind visit, with many places to see and people to meet, in a thriving corner of the global economy. Kuwait has extended to me its emblematic tradition of hospitality— a […]

Egypt Attracts $8 billion to Its Energy Sector

The final results of the Arab Spring’s impact on Egypt after more than two years of political turmoil remain to be seen, but Egypt’s Oil and Mineral Resources Minister Sherif Ismail is sounding an upbeat note about overseas investment, stating that foreign energy companies operating in Egypt have emphasized their commitment to research and exploration plans as […]

Serious Oil Problems Uncovered in Nigeria

A report last week from Amnesty International said energy companies operating in the oil-rich Niger Delta region weren’t entirely up front about what’s causing the “hundreds” of spills reported every year in the region. In a 66-page report, the rights group said oil companies, in particular Royal Dutch Shell, have made numerous claims about sabotage […]

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 […]

U.S. Sanctions Against Iran: A Trilateral Minefield?

The sanctions by Washington are undermining the very goals that it would like to achieve with Iran, while dividing the old U.S. allies and strengthening China’s clout in the Middle East. In the past few months, U.S.-Iranian relations have been swept by frantic, though ambivalent efforts at diplomacy. In July, 130 members of Congress sent […]

Africa’s Success: More Than a Resource Story

By Antoinette M. Sayeh When meeting with people outside Africa, I’m often asked whether Africa’s growth takeoff since the mid-1990s has been simply a “commodity story”—a ride fueled by windfall gains from high commodity prices. But finance ministers and other policymakers in the region, and I was one of them, know that the story is richer […]