Iraqi Kurdish Independence on the Horizon. Roderick Ramsden discusses the plight for independence in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and explores the potential consequences for the rest of Iraq.
Saudi-Iranian Rivalry Politicizes OPEC and Derails Doha Deal
Adlan Taramov analyzes recent OPEC Doha meeting and its outcome in the context of global oil price war and Saudi-Iran rivalry.
Will Middle East tensions lead to lower oil prices?
How will tensions in the Middle East affect oil prices?
The Syrian Spectacle: Paradigm Shift
Hasan Siddiqui guides the discussion of shifting U.S. policy in Syria, tying in Iran’s nuclear programme negotiations and discontentment from America’s regional allies.
The Enemy of My Enemy Is Still My Enemy: Iraq’s Shi’a Militias
Trevor Schenk analyzes the rise of Shi’a militias fighting the Islamic State in Iraq, and why this could be detrimental to the long term goal of creating a stable Iraq.
Breaking Point: Hyperextending Hizbullah
Hasan Siddiqui’s outlook on the current situation in the Levant and Hezbollah’s capacity therein.