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

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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

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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  

Iranian-Indian Energy Relations Under Sanctions

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by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Since it has huge oil and gas reserves and is geographically quite close, Iran is ideally placed to provide energy to India, and thus the country is Iran’s second largest oil market after China. Even at… Continue Reading  

American-Saudi Strategic Partnership: Time to Reset

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by Emile Nakhleh The American-Saudi strategic relationship, which began in the 1940s after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud, has reached a critical juncture and should be reset. The two… Continue Reading  

The Future of Iran-Pakistan Energy Relations

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by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Energy relations form one of the main pillars of Iranian-Pakistani relations. In 1990, increased domestic demand for natural gas led Pakistan to begin negotiations to export gas from Iran. India’s growing energy demand led to joint… Continue Reading