The Persian Gulf Crisis: Beyond the Carter Doctrine

by Robert E. Hunter On January 23, 1980, President Jimmy Carter stood before the U.S. Congress and presented his annual State of the Union message. Its core analysis: The region which is now threatened by Soviet troops in Afghanistan is… 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.

The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis

by Michael T. Klare It’s always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince’s role in the murder of… Continue Reading  

The Strange Case of the Grace I’s Detention

by Francois Nicoullaud On July 4, the government of Gibraltar detained in its waters a Panamanian ship, the Grace I, allegedly on its way to deliver Iranian oil to a Syrian harbor. Immediately after the move, Gibraltar outlined in an… Continue Reading