Resolving Libya’s Civil War

by Giorgio Cafiero The world’s most complicated ongoing civil war erupted in Libya in mid-2014. Forces aligned with the internationally recognized albeit extremely weak government in Tripoli—the Government of National Accord (GNA)—are fighting those loyal to the secular-leaning House of… Continue Reading  

Rouhani’s Iraq Visit Undercuts U.S. Iran Policy

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi This week, President Hassan Rouhani’s three-day Iraqi visit marks an important turning point in Iran-Iraq relations. Rouhani aims to boost bilateral ties and, simultaneously, circumvent suffocating U.S. sanctions. This much-anticipated visit, Rouhani’s first as Iran’s president,… Continue Reading  

Greening Kuwait

by Austin Bodetti Kuwait would seem to have little in common with the environmental movement at first glance. Like its neighbors in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait depends on exporting fossil fuels to power its economy. The country joined Russia, Saudi… Continue Reading  

The Consequences of U.S. Sanctions for Iran’s Oil Industry

by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Iran’s energy sector has often been the target of US-led sanctions, particularly in response to the perceived risk of a nuclear weapons program. However, after a brief thaw in relations and the lifting of certain restrictions,… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Crisis: Climate Change Opportunity

by Sunjeev Bery and Michelle Dixon Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is fast becoming a pariah among world leaders. Even as his family-run government continues pumping millions of barrels of oil, his own stock is dropping fast.… Continue Reading