Iran, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia: Crisis and Opportunities

by François Nicoullaud Who exactly carried out the September 14 attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia? Was it the Houthis? The Iranians? Some combination of the two? It does not really matter, as most already consider Iran… Continue Reading  

After the Aramco Attack: A Middle East One Step Closer to Its “1914 Moment”

by International Crisis Group For much of 2019, Crisis Group has warned that a trigger event could spark direct military confrontation between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, on one side, and Iran on the other, precipitating a regional conflagration. The… Continue Reading  

Saudi Oil Attacks Put U.S. Commitments to the Test

by James M. Dorsey Neither Saudi Arabia nor the United States is rushing to retaliate for a brazen, allegedly Iranian attack that severely damaged two of the kingdom’s key oil facilities. That is not to say that Saudi Arabia and/or… Continue Reading  

Selling Oil From Our Strategic Reserve Is a Bad Idea

by Thomas W. Lippman Whatever else he may decide to do is response to the attack on Saudi Arabia’s critical oil installations last weekend, President Trump has already made one shortsighted, ill-advised decision.

The Encirclement of Saudi Oil Production by Iran

by Jean-François Seznec The latest attacks on the Arab Gulf oil industry seems to be part of a strategy by Iran to warn the Gulf states that it can block all oil shipments, if it sees fit.