Qatar Crisis Could Lead to War: Veteran US Diplomat


by Jim Lobe Given the fast-moving events in the Persian Gulf region over the past two weeks, LobeLog decided to consult Chas W. Freeman, Jr., whose occasional lectures on key foreign policy issues have been featured on this site for… Continue Reading  

Iran Joins Georgia’s Caucasian Gas Circle

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by Giorgi Lomsadze As the price of natural gas keeps declining, competition among Caspian Basin suppliers is picking up.

Gulf Cooperation Council: Reality or Fiction?


by Eldar Mamedov In the aftermath of the implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran, there has been abundant commentary on the need to reassure the Gulf allies of the West. The fear is that a richer Iran, unshackled from… Continue Reading  

Big Oil in Retreat


by Michael Klare The plunge of global oil prices began in June 2014, when benchmark Brent crude was selling at $114 per barrel. It hit bottom at $46 this January, a near-collapse widely viewed as a major but temporary calamity for the… Continue Reading  

Whatever’s Happening In The Gulf Is Probably About Iran


by Derek Davison Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar last Wednesday, citing Qatar’s support for organizations and individuals that threaten “the security and stability of the Gulf states”: The statement said they… Continue Reading