Regime Change in Iran By Other Means

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by Mitchell Plitnick While the Iran nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) is far from safe from attacks by Donald Trump, it is becoming clear that a Plan B is being put in motion. The United States… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Glass: Half Empty or Half Full?

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by Thomas W. Lippman These are difficult times in Saudi Arabia. The long slump in the price of oil is eviscerating the economy. Neighboring countries are plagued by violence and extremism. Saudi Arabia’s air force has been raining death and… Continue Reading  

What If Saudi Arabia Collapses?

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets with King Salman Abdulaziz on July 22, 2015.Carter and The King of Saudi Arabia meets to discuss issues of importance. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen) (Released)

by Theodore Karasik and Joseph Cozza The Saudis are entering a period of immense uncertainty as the kingdom moves forward with the National Transformation Plan (NTP) and Vision 2030 announced by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in April.… Continue Reading  

Oil Uncertainty Threatens Iraq’s Ability to Rebuild

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Persian Gulf (Nov. 11, 2005) Ð An overall view of the Khawr Al Arnaya Oil Terminal (KAAOT). The terminal, located off the coast of Iraq, is one of two major platforms that export the majority of the country's oil. Coalition forces have been training Iraqi personnel in force protection and search and seizure operations in effort to turn over the oil terminals in the area to Iraq.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Randall Damm (RELEASED)

by Derek Davison The global oil market is undeniably in flux. Crude oil prices, after dropping at the start of this year to levels not seen in more than a decade, have climbed nearly $20 per barrel, back into the… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s IPO Challenge

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by Theodore Karasik and Emmaline Ivy Johnson In recent weeks Saudi Arabia’s plan to grow the kingdom’s private sector has garnered much attention in the international press. Determined to save Saudi Arabia from its “addiction” to oil, Deputy Crown Prince… Continue Reading