Whether or not a shooting war does break out, the United States’ economic war has already been intensifying over the past year.Read More »
$100 Oil Is A Distinct Possibility
An oil price spike is starting to look increasingly possible, with a rerun of 2008 not entirely out of the question, according to a new report. The outages from Iran are worse than most analysts expected, and bottlenecks in the U.S. shale patch could prevent non-OPEC supply from plugging the gap. To top it off, new regulations from the …Read More »
A Saudi-Iran Oil War Could Break Up OPEC
It’s hard to imagine Saudi Arabia assuring Iran that its market share won’t suffer any consequences from its stated pledge to fill any supply gap left by a cut in Iranian exports resulting from the U.S. sanctions. It’s also hard to imagine Iran shrugging and letting this go. Could OPEC be on the way out? Maybe.Read More »
Why is Turkey So Eager to be Led Down the Belt and Road?
The magic of the Belt and Road Initiative is not the economic benefits it will offer Turkey or China. Rather, it is how the BRI taps into Ankara’s desperation to find alternatives to its economic and strategic partners such as Germany and the United States, and how it supports China’s desire to establish its own economic architecture.Read More »
Getting Regional Trade Right in Central Asia
One golden opportunity for ECO member countries to increase trade and investment is in the road and rail development projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor.Read More »
Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Still Faces Legal Challenges
The revised ban allows entry to citizens of Iraq, but continues to block citizens of six other Muslim majority nations.Read More »
View From Delhi: Gwadar Port and India’s Regional Policy
Regional alignments are shifting with China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran coming together. The muscular diplomacy of the Narendra Modi government erred in its overestimation of India’s South China Sea leverage. India lacked traditional influence in that region and it is not even a claimant to the territorial disputes there. Today, therefore, its Look East policy is in shambles and a US retrenchment in Asia threatens to make it archaic.Read More »
What Does the Next OPEC Meeting Have in Store?
The next OPEC meeting on the 2nd of June will act as little more than a forum for continued altercations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.Read More »
Pakistan: A Complete Encirclement?
Can an apologetic policy towards the Afghan Taliban really help Pakistan end its global isolation and put it on the path to development?Read More »
US-Saudi Ties and Middle East’s New Realities
As Saudi Arabia embarks on a period of significant economic and foreign policy change, the United States should use all the incentives at its disposal to press for change in a progressive direction.Read More »