Trump’s Sanctions Will Hurt Iran, But How Much?

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by Derek Davison Even after Donald Trump decided to violate the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) by reimposing U.S. sanctions against Iran, he had a range of options. He could, for example, have started small… 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  

How the OPEC Deal Breaks Down for Three Big Producers

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by Sara Vakhshouri  OPEC got what it wanted with Wednesday’s agreement to cut oil production: higher prices. But that is a double-edged sword, as those higher prices could lead to a surge in production by U.S. shale producers and others… Continue Reading  

Saudi Energy Policies Unlikely to Shift Under New Minister

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by Sara Vakhshouri Saudi Arabia’s energy policies are unlikely to change despite the fact that longtime energy minister, Ali al-Naimi, was removed on May 7 and Khalid al-Falih appointed as his successor. There has already been much speculation and concern about… Continue Reading  

The Future of Saudi-Iranian Relations Will Be Written in Oil

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by Henry Johnson Saudi Arabia’s cantankerous objections to nuclear talks with Iran have run counter to U.S. goals and have left some puzzled over the cause of its combative behavior. A deal with Iran, of course, means much more than… Continue Reading