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  

New Caspian Accord Resolves Some Issues, Not All

Old Soviet Volga car and abandoned oil rig on the shore of Caspian sea, Azerbaijan (Shutterstock)

by Mark N. Katz Ever since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the five states bordering the Caspian Sea (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Iran) have been unable to reach agreement on a legal regime for the body… Continue Reading  

The Strait of Hormuz: Iran’s Potential Countermeasure to US Hostility

Demolition charge near a U.S. vessel in the Strait of Hormuz (photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Lee Kelsey)

by Nader Entessar and Kaveh L. Afrasiabi As the Trump administration ratchets up pressures on Iran—by re-imposing the sanctions removed under the terms of the Iran nuclear accord—Iran has responded diplomatically, politically, and militarily, combining the elements of both soft… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s Oil Union Defends Protesters

Hashmeya Alsaadawe on Iraqi TV

by David Bacon As uncertainty continues over the results of Iraq’s May 12 election, the deterioration in social services that brought about the victory of the Sairoon coalition has impelled thousands of people to take to the streets to protest… Continue Reading  

Iran Debates Ties with Russia

Ali Akbar Velayati and Vladimir Putin

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi There is an ongoing and lively debate in Iranian media and in the parliament on the nature of Iran-Russia relations. The recent summit between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, where both leaders… Continue Reading