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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: 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.
Posted: June 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Whether by mere coincidence, strategic design or a blend of the two, there are as many winners as there are losers in the Iraq game. Russia knows this game well. The United States, the heir to the Sykes-Picot map, will be forced to learn it fast.
Posted: June 17, 2014
UAE. Sanction relaxation could transform domestic energy supply; Companies must safeguard against bribery and corruption, say experts at law firm Pinsent Masons.
Posted: June 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The prospect of cooperation between the U.S. and Iran shows how dramatically the ISIL advance has redrawn the map of Middle East alliances.
Posted: June 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "If we see that the United States takes action against terrorist groups in Iraq, then one can think about it," Rouhani said.
Posted: June 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We can work with Americans to end the insurgency in the Middle East," a senior Iranian official said, referring to events in Iraq. "We are very influential in Iraq, Syria and many other countries."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 28, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The Saudi Arabian index is the region's most diverse capital market due to its size and maturity; Jadwa Investment views the opening up of the Tadawul as an overall positive but believes a cautious and considered path to reform is the best way forward, much like the Chinese example.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
UAE. The Saudi equity market index hits a 6 year high; Fed Chief Yellen's commentary at Jackson Hole summit seen as constructive; India in a sweet spot for emerging market debt investors.
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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