Kuwait and Saudi Arabia: Still Negotiating the Neutral Zone

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and  Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Saba

by Khalid Al-Jaber Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) paid a formal visit to Kuwait on September 30. His visit only lasted for a few hours. Since he returned to Saudi Arabia, pundits have speculated that the meeting went… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Khashoggi Crisis

Sadegh Maleki (Mehr News Agency)

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi The Trump administration has defied a recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) order not to take any action that would further complicate the US-Iran dispute. It has imposed a fresh round of sanctions that target more… Continue Reading  

The Khashoggi-gate Opportunity

Outside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul (quetions123 via Shutterstock)

by Robert E. Hunter The shock of the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi is finally bringing U.S. Middle East policy out in the open, where it should be thoroughly examined for the first time in years. The United States first… Continue Reading  

Beyond the Deal: Turkish-Iranian Energy Relations in the Post-Sanctions Era

Headquarters of the Petroleum Ministry in Tehran (Maps/Shutterstock)

by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Because of the EU/U.S. sanctions regime against Iran’s energy sector, the country’s oil and gas production capacities have been decimated. Following the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—Iran hoped… Continue Reading  

Who Will Benefit from Yemeni Oil Exports?

Old fuel station, Hadramaut valley, Yemen (Shutterstock)

by Rauf Mammadov and Theodore Karasik Yemen is fracturing into microstates. Localism is driving politics in the country more than ever before. Unanswered questions about who in Yemen will benefit from the local production of oil in southern Yemen will… Continue Reading