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: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Kremlin data showed an almost one-third decline in trade turnover to US$1.6 billion last year following Western sanctions against the oil-producing Middle Eastern nation.
Posted: September 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The military and economic benefits Russia has derived from Iran under the ayatollahs is part of a wider and more complex consideration than a simple strategy of fanning animosities between Tehran and the Western powers."
Posted: September 9, 2014
IRAN. "69.3% use proxies [servers in other countries] to circumvent censorship and reach websites that are officially banned, according to government research.
Posted: September 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The lack of movement in the inquiry by the IAEA will disappoint the West and could further complicate efforts by six world powers to negotiate a resolution to a decade-old dispute with Iran.
Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran held serious discussions with the U.N. nuclear watchdog about issues that are part of an investigation into suspicions Tehran has conducted atomic bomb research.
Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Iran's deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister in Riyadh Tuesday as the two rivals seek to counter Islamist militants in Iraq.
Posted: August 26, 2014
IRAQ. "We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition," Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil.
Posted: August 25, 2014
IRAN. Tehran will "accelerate" arming Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in retaliation for Israel deploying a spy drone over Iran, which was shot down, a military commander said.
Posted: August 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Realism counsels caution, because a bias for action can often lead to disaster. But actually Obama is not a realist, yet he understands restraint. He rushes in with drones and advisers rather than with ground troops. But that is only the beginning of realism, not its culmination.
Posted: August 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. It remains unclear how much support Maliki, who remains acting premier, has to obstruct the formation of a new administration. Key military commanders said they would support al-Abadi.
Posted: August 10, 2014
UAE. "The 25-year contract between Crescent Petroleum and NIOC is valid and binding upon the parties."
Posted: July 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. At a time when reasonable people thought that the fighting had been contained in Iraq and elsewhere in the region, they have discovered that there was no basis for that assumption.
Posted: June 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Neither the Syrian regime nor the rebels that oppose it stand to gain a decisive advantage from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant's recent actions in Iraq. As things stand now, the primary beneficiary will be ISIL itself.
Posted: June 19, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Iraq was facing a full-scale civil war with grave consequences for the wider region and that outside powers should not intervene.
Posted: June 18, 2014
IRAN."We warn the great powers and their lackeys and the terrorists, the great Iranian people will do everything to protect them," he said, naming the sites of the shrines in an emotive speech.
date:Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. We have entered a new chapter in the history of central banking. This paradigm shift changes the policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making; We have built an economy that is now so leveraged that it needs zero percent interest rates just to tread water.