Tag Archives: Iran

Turkmenistan Gas for India, Pakistan?

State gas companies of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India have established TAPI Pipeline Company to build, own and operate the planned 1,800-kilometer natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan. The move has rekindled hopes of Turkmenistan's gas reaching energy-starved India and Pakistan.

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ISIS and Dilemma of Sunni Arab States

The reason why Sunni Gulf States support the IS is its strong opposition to the Shiites. It is not just Iran, which is 90 percent Shiite, that the Gulf Arabs believe to be a threat, but the Shiite population in their own countries. But the Saudis recently seem to have realized that their support of the IS and jihadism has resulted in the “chickens coming home to roost.”

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Saudi-Iranian Rivalry And the New Middle East

Although Saudi Arabia and Iran have never actually gone to war, the two states have clearly perceived each other as enemies and acted accordingly, engaging in proxy war with one another. The two states' claim to being an Islamic state, both claim leadership and guardianship of the Muslims in the region.

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The Enduring Tragedy of Syria

  National Security Advisor Susan Rice summed up the three-year-long civil war in Syria on Feb. 23 on NBC’s  “Meet the Press” program with the statement: “It’s a horrific war.”   Then, she added, “This is not genocide.” Her statement seemed to suggest that the widespread ethnic cleansing that resulted in 2.7 million Syrians fleeing to other countries and 6.7 …

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Nuclear Deal: Implications for Iran’s Neighbors

Iran will receive relief worth 7 billion dollars with a waiver of economic sanctions within the next six months. According to a report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Iran may get a potential benefit worth $20 billion from “unfrozen assets, recouped petrochemical and auto sales and an array of illicit trade.” Suspension of curbs on gold and precious …

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Looking Back at 2013

The year 2013 will go down in history books as a year of wars, natural disasters, political upheavals, economic slowdowns and stagnations, polarization and terrorism. The year’s lows were still better than 2012, especially on world economic front. It still faces huge challenges but early signs of betterment are good news for the downtrodden around the globe.   The US …

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Changing Geopolitical Configurations in the Middle East

The geopolitical makeup of the Middle East is changing. In any kind of significant geopolitical change there are bound to be winners and losers, while others just try to hold their own, indeed, even hoping for stalemate. What I attempt to do in this article is suggest which countries and peoples may be winners and which or who may be …

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The US-Iran Thaw

We are living in interesting times indeed. Many of the international relations global norms and systems that have come to be accepted as the bedrock of stability are in a state of flux. Consider this for example. The Security Council (UNSC) in particular is being blamed for its inability to deal with the existing and emerging conflicts. President Obama himself …

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Iran: New Emerging Geopolitics in the Middle East

While many Americans’ eyes were glued to the TV regarding the dysfunction of government in Washington, eyes elsewhere in the world were observing the current geopolitical and potential geo-strategic changes taking place in the Middle East. The news from Washington diverted attention from the horrible civil war in Syria and the renewal of negotiations among the five permanent members — …

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Why Saudi Arabia Rejected Seat on UN Security Council?

Saudi Arabia has grabbed the limelight by refusing its non-permanent membership at the Security Council to protest the U.N.’s inability to do anything against Bashar al-Assad. It has also let its displeasure with the U.S. over Syria and Iran be known and is reportedly on the verge of making a “major shift,” to use the words of the Saudi intelligence chief Prince …

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