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Strait of Hormuz

ISIS, Oil, and the Economy

Milton Ezrati | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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.

Iran Claims Missile Test In Controversial Sea Path

AP | Posted 03.02.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's navy said Monday it test-fired a range of weapons during ongoing maneuvers near the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for o...

Iran Launches New Warships

AP | Posted 11.28.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's state TV is showcasing additions to its Navy including a missile-launching warship around the size of a frigate. Navy official...

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.

Iran Tests Missiles In Strait Of Hormuz

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 11.25.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran has test-fired four missiles designed to hit warships during a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian military com...

Top Military Chief Defends Drills In Persian Gulf

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 09.20.2012 | World

MANAMA, Bahrain -- The admiral in charge of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet on Thursday defended the large American-led naval exercises in the Persian Gulf ...

Navy Ship Crashes Into Oil Tanker

AP | MICHAEL CASEY | Posted 10.12.2012 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was left with a gaping hole on one side after it collided with an oil tanker ...

Iran: No Plans To Close Strategic Oil Route

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 09.22.2012 | World

By NASSER KARIMI -- The Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran -- A top Iranian naval commander said Monday that Tehran's forces have full control over the ...

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.

Hormuz-Mania

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.

U.N. Begins Iran Nuclear Inspection

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 03.30.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister expressed optimism Sunday that a visit by U.N. inspectors to Iran's nuclear facilities would produce an u...