Israel Allied With the Gulf Countries Against Iran?
Nazeeha Said, 12 December
Despite their condemnation of Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, several Gulf countries, primarily Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, have opened channels of dialogue with Israel. It is supposed to face the “Iranian threat”, but are their citizens ready to accept the (...)
Is Cooperation Possible to Develop Joint Oil Fields in the Arabo-Persian Gulf?
Pierre Fabiani, 22 August
The crisis between Qatar and its neighbors has highlighted the tensions across the Arabo-Persian Gulf, which are not limited to hostility between Tehran and Riyadh. Cooperation in the exploitation of hydrocarbons could help to ease regional crises.
To unitize oil and gas (O&G) fields (...)
Iran. Economic Challenges for the Re-Elected President
Hamzeh Arabzadeh, 25 May
Hassan Rouhani was re-elected president with a score of 57% on 19 May of this year. The perspectives of an economy open to the rest of the world which he propounds seem more convincing than the often very rash promises his conservative opponents made to attract the poor. The fact remains that (...)
Cheap Oil at its Third Anniversary
Jean-Pierre Séréni, 6 April
Less than six months after their November 2016 agreement to raise the price of crude oil to 58 dollars a barrel, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members realised that supply still exceeded demand. In a single week, at the beginning of March 2017, this bitter truth (...)
Moscow Capital of the Middle East
Waiting for Donald Trump
Alain Gresh, 14 March
Russia now occupies a pivotal position in the Middle Eastern political chessboard. Its military presence in Syria, the axis created with Iran and Turkey have made the Russians a required partner for all sides in the ongoing war. But Russia is also caught up in the conflicts between its allies (...)
Saudi Arabia mired in the quicksand of the Middle East
Between War in Yemen and War of Succession
Alain Gresh, 5 January
Two years after his accession to the throne, King Salman faces many challenges. The intervention in Yemen is bogged down and Saudi Arabia suffers setbacks in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. While the economic reforms initiated are much criticized, the questions on his succession remain unanswered.
Oman says No to Saudi Arabia
Marc Cher-Leparrain, January 2014
Unlike Saudi Arabia, locked into its hostility toward Iran, Oman has always been able to maintain good neighbouring policy with the Islamic Republic. While Riyadh sees Shia Iran as a dangerous political and religious rival to its own hegemony in the Gulf, Muscat sees it as a natural and (...)