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A Pax Sinica in the Middle East?

Whatever China wishes to do in the Middle East, Washington will learn after the fact, if ever… Continue reading

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US Plays Monopoly, Russia Plays Chess

Whatever Putin thinks, he will keep to himself… Continue reading

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Turkish-Kurdistan Energy Relations: An Assessment

Much is made of the grand strategy of the Turkish-Kurdish energy puzzle… Continue reading

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Russia-Turkey Strains Deepen over Syria

The Syrian crisis is a good test of the strength of the Russia-Turkish detente… Continue reading

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Turkey-Azerbaijan Summit Consummates Reconciliation

Turkish-Azerbaijani relations have been on the rebound in recent months since the Turkish-Armenian reconciliation effort has effectively collapsed over differences… Continue reading

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Trans-Anatolian Pipeline: A Geopolitical Achievement, but no Panacea for Turkey’s Energy Independence

The realization of the Trans-Anatolian Project by 2018 will strengthen Azerbaijan in strategic terms, offering it a route to the world markets that bypasses Russia… Continue reading

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Assessing Iraq’s Oil Industry

This article provides an overview of Iraq’s oil and gas industry, focusing in particular on its history since 2003 under the Coalition Provisional Authority and the sovereign Iraqi government… Continue reading

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Watching the new state of South Sudan fall into chaos

The worst problem South Sudan faces is tribalism, despite the unity that was cultivated among South Sudanese rebels during decades of resistance to Khartoum’s aggressive campaigns of Islamization… Continue reading

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Cyber attack on Iran’s oil industry

The information systems of Iran’s Petroleum Ministry and the National Petroleum Company have been under a cyber attack… Continue reading

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Oil Remains King; When it Comes to Energy Production It’s A Case of Drill or Be Drilled

Here’s what you need to know about the current U.S. debate on energy… Continue reading

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Will Turkey Be Able to Join the West in Confronting Iran?

The international sanctions against Iran, and most recently the decision of the EU countries to stop importing oil from Iran, are ultimately going to have a major impact on Turkey… Continue reading

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Kastelorizo – Mediterranean Flashpoint?

That Athens controls this wisp of land implies it could claim an exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean Sea that reduces the Turkish EEZ to a fraction of what it would be were the island under Ankara’s control… Continue reading

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Gold for Oil: India to Pay Gold instead of Dollars for Iranian Oil

India is the first buyer of Iranian oil to agree to pay for its purchases in gold instead of the US dollar… Continue reading

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Strike Oil

The IRGC’s seizure of the Oil Ministry could have far reaching economic, political, and strategic implications… Continue reading

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Turkey and Cyprus’ Gas: More Troubles Ahead in 2012

New tension is brewing between Turkey and Cyprus after Cyprus’ and Israel’s enormous gas finds in the Eastern Mediterranean… Continue reading

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Tehran dismisses Western threats to impose sanctions on import of oil from Iran

Iran dismissed the threats increasingly made by European countries to impose new sanctions on its petroleum industry… Continue reading

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Turkey Falls Out with Russia: Another Sign of a Foreign Policy in Crisis

Wherever one looks, Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbors” policy is fading… Continue reading

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The Coming Oil-Shale Revolution?

To preface, when it comes to global petroleum supplies, a distinction is drawn between… Continue reading

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Cyprus on the World Stage

Cyprus, an island near Turkey and Syria of roughly 1.3 million inhabitants, finds itself on the cusp of momentous change… Continue reading

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Turkish-Israeli Relations: Empty Threats or a Looming Crisis?

The rapprochement between Turkey and Israel during the 1990s was primarily driven by Turkey’s secular elite… Continue reading

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Warmongering Turkey trying to intimidate Cyprus as well

Tensions are not only mounting between Israel and Turkey since the release of the UN Palmer report… Continue reading

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Israeli Natural Gas: A Game Changer

Energy has always been at the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict, creating alliances and influencing the policies of allies and adversaries alike… Continue reading