Asia

Iran and Saudi Arabia Compete for India’s Energy Market

Iran and Saudi Arabia Compete for India’s Energy Market

India now has the highest oil and natural gas consumption in the world and will for the foreseeable future. With exorbitant and ever-increasing energy demands, India is under pressure to diversify its energy supply.
Turkey to Gain from US Pullout in Northern Syria It’s Complicated

Turkey to Gain from US Pullout in Northern Syria? It’s Complicated

The Turkish government welcomes President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces out of northern Syria, effectively ending Washington’s role as an on-the-ground protector of Ankara’s arch-enemy, the Kurdish YPG.
Iranian-Omani Gas Pipeline A Link for Iran to the World

Iranian-Omani Gas Pipeline: A Link for Iran to the World?

To meet its growing energy needs, Oman is looking to increase its natural gas supply above the current levels of imports brought in from Qatar via the Dolphin pipeline. What are the prospects for Iranian natural gas to reach Oman and global markets through the anticipated Iranian-Omani gas pipeline project?

Unrest in Iranian Sistan and Baluchestan

Ethno/sectarian tensions in Iran routinely manifest themselves in deadly violence in the country’s peripheral provinces that are home to millions of the Islamic Republic’s non-Persian and/or non-Shi’a citizens.
#HearMeToo Arab Women Raise Their Voices in “16 Days of Activism”

#HearMeToo: Arab Women Raise Their Voices in “16 Days of Activism”

The International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the following 16 Days of Activism that are now underway, are a reminder that gender-based violence (GBV) is still prevalent throughout the world, and that proactive engagement and education are the only way to eradicate it.

The Future of Iran-Pakistan Energy Relations Seems Dim

With the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, it is not just the Islamic Republic’s global, but regional energy links which have been shaken, spelling bad tidings for future economic and political cooperation. Alternatives to Iran’s drastically underinvested energy sector abound for those countries which, like Pakistan, are undertaking serious efforts to make up for their own deficits. What can the current state of relations between Pakistan and Iran tell us about the future of regional energy relations?
Israel biggest loser, if Trump Reduces Pressure on Assad and Iran

In Post-Mid-Term Likely Scale Back of Anti-Assad and Anti-Iran Policy, Who Are the Winners and Loser...

Israel may be the biggest loser from the mid-term elections, as President Trump now is likely to scale back his anti-Assad and anti-Iran forays in light of the House loss.
100 Years of Remembering the Past, But Forgetting the Present

100 Years of Remembering the Past, But Forgetting the Present

The centenary of the World War I armistice rings hollow in a world still scorched by war. We claim to remember the dead, but we have forgotten the living.
Ahvaz Attack Signals New Phase of Middle Eastern Conflict

Ahvaz Attack Signals New Phase of Middle Eastern Conflict

The terrorist attack on the Iranian city of Ahvaz in September may deepen the divide in the Middle East and have devastating implications for the proxy wars being fought in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. But the question remains: what does the attack, and its aftermath, reveal about the aspirations of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, and the U.S. in the region?
What’s behind the Turkish, Russian and Iranian Alliance?

The Deepening Turkish, Russian and Iranian Alliance

Russia, Iran and Turkey h...