Militarizing America’s Energy Policy

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by Michael Klare The new U.S. energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth. Every great power has sought to mobilize the energy resources at its command, whether those be slaves, wind-power,… Continue Reading  

Rare Glimpse into Inner Workings of American Empire in Middle East

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by Edward Hunt In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, four former U.S. diplomats provided remarkably candid commentary on recent U.S. involvement in the Middle East, revealing a number of the most closely guarded secrets of U.S. diplomacy. The four… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Vulnerable Energy Supply and the Protests

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by Sara Vakhshouri Unlike early 2017, when Iran’s energy industry started a year full of hope and prospects of potential growth, 2018 has started with different potential risks targeting its energy industry and production growth. Risks abound, particularly the prospect… Continue Reading  

The Khuzestan Factor in Saudi-Iran Relations

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik Since 1979, Iran’s regime has sought to champion itself as a defender of oppressed Shi’ite Arabs across the Middle East. Unsurprisingly, however, one area of the Arab world where Tehran does not promote marginalized… Continue Reading  

Rentierism and Rivalry Between Riyadh and Tehran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In response to the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the United States has long pursued a strategy of counterbalancing, extending its security umbrella to cover the kingdom and the GCC states. But as promises of security… Continue Reading