Is Putin Really Gaining a Stranglehold over the Gulf?

by Mark N. Katz An article by Simon Watkins, entitled “Russia Gains Stranglehold Over Persian Gulf” and published by Oil Price.com on August 4, raises the concern that Russian-Iranian cooperation is turning into a genuine military alliance. In the article,… Continue Reading  

Security Architecture in the Gulf: Troubled Prospects

by James M. Dorsey Russia, backed by China, hoping to exploit mounting doubts in the Gulf about the reliability of the United States as the region’s sole security guarantor, is proposing a radical overhaul of the security architecture in an… Continue Reading  

Could Russia Get Its Persian Gulf Port?

by Shireen T. Hunter As tensions in the Persian Gulf have been mounting over the last several weeks, the activities of major international players in the region have also intensified. A major focus of these activities has been the development… Continue Reading  

Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf

by James M. Dorsey China and Russia are as much allies as they are rivals.

Climate Change: UAE and Russia Eye Geopolitical and Commercial Mileage

by James M. Dorsey Climate change, much like war, could prove to be a geopolitical and commercial gold mine. At least, that is the take of DP World, Dubai’s global port operator, and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund.