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Strait of Hormuz

What the Media Isn't Telling You About the Context of the Iranian-US Naval Dust-Up

Eoin Higgins | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Eoin Higgins

Absolutely no context has been given to Iran's actions. To listen to the media spin, you'd think that this all happened in a vacuum. You'd think that Iran was acting impulsively, for no reason. You'd think Iran was being overly hostile.

Chinese Admiral's Visit to Iran: U.S. Era of Dominance in the Mideast Is Ending

David Oualaalou | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Make no mistake: A high-level visit to Iran from the emerging global power portends significant changes to the geopolitical landscape -- and not only in the Middle East.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

There Will Be a New Reality in the Arab Mid-East

Martin Shapiro | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Martin Shapiro

There will be no return to the fragile stability of even just five years ago. U.S. troops are greatly reduced in Afghanistan and Iraq. Humpty Dumpty cannot be put back together again.

The Limits of Japan's Soft Power

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.

ISIS, Oil, and the Economy

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

For now it looks as though increased domestic oil and gas production has saved the recovery. Were it not for this impressive rise in output, the current mess in Iraq and Syria would likely have driven global oil prices up to $130-140 a barrel.

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Can Oman and Iran's 'Special' Relationship Last?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Oman continues to use its leverage to thwart a military confrontation in the Arabian Gulf, officials in Muscat have accepted that their influence is naturally limited, and they have taken actions to prepare for a scenario in which the Strait of Hormuz is closed.

China's Indian Ocean Strategy Not a Danger--Yet

Stanley Weiss | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

LONDON--When the Chinese admiral Zheng He set out on the first of seven historic voyages of exploration 608 years ago, the sails of his 317 ships blot...

OPEC's Massive $1 Trillion Haul in 2012 While Sowing Jihad

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.07.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

This torrent of money flowing into OPEC, especially into the Persian Gulf States, raises the question how this massive windfall is being put to use other than providing fresh capital for the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, as those of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

War in Syria: Geopolitics of the Conflict

Milad Jokar | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Milad Jokar

What is happening in Syria is no longer about a democratic movement against a dictatorship, nor is it simply a civil war between two camps. Syria has become the theater of a proxy war.

US Picks Up the Tab for China's Security

Barry Lando | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Barry Lando

This past September the U.S. carried out a massive joint naval exercise in the Gulf. Many countries practiced what they would do to keep the Straits open in the event of hostilities -- but, apparently, not China. Which is kind of ironic -- Why?

Obama Passes Through the Minefield of UN Week (But Sets Up A Potential Explosion Next Year)

William Bradley | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
William Bradley

Like a ship navigating through a strait filled with mines, President Barack Obama succeeded in getting through this year's United Nations week gathering of heads of government in New York without damage to his re-election. But he also set up a potentially explosive confrontation during his second term over Iran's nuclear program.

Nuclear Program Poll Creates Big Embarrassment For Iran's Leaders

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 07.06.2012 | World

A television poll conducted by Iranian state television backfired on Wednesday when 63 percent of respondents said they wanted to abandon Iran's nucle...

A Dire Strait

Dan Rather | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Dan Rather

Two weeks ago, I made the transit through the Strait of Hormuz to the Arabian Sea. Surrounded by a destroyer, a missile cruiser and several Seahawk helicopters, we were hardly inconspicuous as we transited the Strait. And that is the point.

Barack Obama Prepares for War Footing

Edwin Black | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Edwin Black

A newly-propounded Executive Order renews and updates the president's power to take control of all civil energy supplies, including oil and natural gas, control and restrict all civil transportation, and even provides the option to re-enable a draft.

Poking a Stick in the Hornet's Nest of Iran

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

When I visited Iran in the late '70s, only months before the Iranian revolution, some of the things I saw took on a different light after the overthro...

There's A Threat To The Global Economy 'Right In Front Of Us'

Reuters | Posted 04.25.2012 | Business

MEXICO CITY, Feb 24 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund flagged higher oil prices as a rising threat to the global economy on Friday, urging...

Oil Embargoes, Sherlock Holmes, and the Russian Butler

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.21.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The tumult and fabricated anxieties over Iran's oil supply give ample cover to an oil price veering ever higher -- prices explained away by the political tensions at hand. But the question needs to be asked -- what is really driving oil prices?

It's Saudi Arabia, Stupid!

Haggai Carmon | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Haggai Carmon

With the winds of Israel-Iran war looming, albeit thus far primarily in the media, many observers speculate whether Israel will launch an attack on Iranian nuclear installations.

Iran: War Drums Beating

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 04.08.2012 | World
Michael S. Lofgren

The idea of an Islamic bomb exerts a peculiar fascination on American political culture and shines a searchlight on the gross dysfunctionality of American politics.


Michael T. Klare | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Michael T. Klare

Oil, the prestige of global dominance, Iran's urge to be a regional power, and domestic political factors are all converging in a combustible mix to make the Strait of Hormuz the most dangerous place on the planet.

Pentagon Wants Commando 'Mothership' In Middle East

The Washington Post | Posted 01.27.2012 | World

The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali p...

Iran, the West, and the Lessons of the Great War

Rajan Menon | Posted 03.28.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

History reveals several pathways to war; but, as the tension between the West and Iran revs up, two seem particularly relevant because of the lessons they offer for those seeking to contain the crisis.