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Posted: 19-07-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
Posted: January 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "World powers need to make sure that any such deal, once agreed, will also be signed by ayatollah Khamenei and commanders of the Revolutionary Guard," says Behrooz Behbudi.
Posted: January 19, 2015
LEBANON. An Israeli strike on Syria killed an Iranian general, Tehran confirmed, as thousands of supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah gathered to bury one of six fighters killed in the same raid.
Posted: January 14, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "If Iran suffers from declining oil prices, know that other oil-producing countries such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia will suffer more than Iran," Rouhani said.
Posted: January 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The region is emerging from the uncertainty of the past half-decade, and the foundations of its future are taking shape. This process will not be neat or orderly, but changes are clearly taking place.
Posted: January 4, 2015
IRAN. President Hassan Rouhani said foreign investors should no longer be viewed as a threat and signalled his country's isolation from the world economy could soon end.
Posted: December 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The explanation, while difficult to prove, may revolve around control of oil and gas in the Middle East and the weakening of Russia, Iran and Syria by flooding the market.
Posted: December 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Iran and the United States have denied cooperation at any level, but the fact is that we know Iran is taking military action in Iraq, and so is the United States."
Posted: December 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The decision not to cut production led many observers to conclude that OPEC has largely lost the ability to upwardly influence prices. But this determination ignores the wider geopolitical considerations that may be convincing Saudi Arabia to be perfectly content, for now, with lower prices.
Posted: December 3, 2014
IRAN. "In the past 10 years of talks we haven't been this close to resolving the nuclear issue," Zarif said, addressing the nuclear talks publicly for the first time since returning from Vienna.
Posted: November 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We have had to conclude it is not possible to get to an agreement by the deadline that was set for today and therefore we will extend the JPOA to June 30, 2015."
Posted: November 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday's deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations.
Posted: November 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif yesterday reversed plans to leave the Austrian capital for briefings with allies and national leaders.
Posted: November 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said he was still unable to provide "credible assurance" Iran had no undeclared nuclear material and activities.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
Posted: November 18, 2014
INTERNATINAL. The campaign group Naame Shaam has published an in-depth report examining various aspects of the Iranian regime's role in the ongoing war in Syria.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: January 24, 2015
QATAR. Deflation is starting to spread into lower global consumer prices, depressed wages and, to a lesser extent, softer asset prices. Unless an appropriate fiscal response is found, this disinflationary dynamics is likely to continue in 2015 and possibly beyond.
date:Posted: January 23, 2015
KUWAIT. Strong growth in American supply boost non-OPEC output by 3.65% in 2014; OPEC not opting for output cut to halt drop in price; Downside risks prevail as world supply increases.
date:Posted: January 23, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. New Oliver Wyman report says financial services returns now hover around the 7% average of utilities.
QATAR. Deflation is starting to spread into lower global consumer prices, depressed wages and, to a lesser extent, softer asset prices. Unless an appropriate fiscal response is found, this disinflationary dynamics is likely to continue in 2015 and possibly beyond.
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