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: March 5, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Prince Saud al-Faisal said the involvement of Iran alongside Shi'ite militias to retakeTikrit from ISIL was a "prime example" of what worries Saudi Arabia. He said Iran was taking over Iraq.
Posted: March 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. This isn't about Netanyahu and Obama, and both know it. It is about the reconfiguration of a region the US cannot subdue and cannot leave. It is the essence of great power strategy: creating a balance of power in which the balancers are trapped into playing a role they don't want.
Posted: February 24, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva.
Posted: February 13, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Iran's nuclear program has always been the realm of the Khamenei-Revolutionary Guard alliance and presidents and diplomats have little or no power to divert from its aims.
Posted: January 30, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Western politicians wishing to see a genuine resolution of Iran's nuclear crisis must continue with diplomatic efforts to isolate those among the Iranian rulers who wish for the collapse of the negotiations.
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."