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Iran: Chabahar Port

Chabahar Port and Major Stakeholders Chabahar, one of Iran’s most strategically-located ports, is situated in southeastern Iran on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. It is Iran’s only port that has access to an ocean, and is comprised of … Continue reading

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Turkey in Northern Syria

TURKEY IN NORTHERN SYRIA   Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and their proxies have occupied territory in Northern Syria since August 2016. Ankara had long been working on the idea of creating a “proto-state” out of the Euphrates Shield forces (which … Continue reading

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Sudan’s Unrest

Protests in Sudan Sudan has been in the throes of anti-government protests since December 19th, which started in the city of Atbara. Initially triggered by the government’s decision to increase the price of a loaf of bread from one Sudanese … Continue reading

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Israel Cyprus Italy Gas Agreement

ISRAEL-CYPRUS-ITALY GAS AGREEMENT   Background Offshore drilling of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean has a relatively short history. While the first offshore discovery was made on the Egyptian coast in 1969, countries like Israel stepped up their exploration of offshore … Continue reading

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ARAMCO

Saudi Aramco: A brief history Saudi ARAMCO, formerly known as ARAMCO, which is the acronym for the Arabian American Oil Company, was founded in 1933 when a Concession Agreement was signed between Saudi Arabia and the Standard Oil Company of … Continue reading

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Oman and Israel

Oman Paves Way for Israel’s Diplomatic Acceptance in MENA Oman has built a reputation for itself as a neutral actor in the Middle East. The nation’s officials walked a diplomatic tight rope during the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, managing … Continue reading

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China and the GCC

Chinese Investment in the GCC   Over the past decade, China and the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have been enjoying deeper trade relations. These relations are primarily driven by China’s ever-increasing quest to secure oil imports. China is … Continue reading

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Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA)

Also dubbed the “Arab NATO”, the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) is a proposed regional security alliance promoted by the Trump administration to include the six Gulf Arab states, Jordan and Egypt, in addition to the United States. The foundational … Continue reading

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Oman’s Economy

In Oman, oil has been the main component of the economy since the country started commercial production in 1967. Yet, Oman’s oil revenues are at a modest quantity. In fact, Oman’s Undersecretary for the Ministry of Oil and Gas, HE … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Parties & Military

Since it came to power in a landslide victory in 2002, the AKP has consistently won parliamentary elections up to this date thanks to a number of factors such as improvement in the quality of life of the most downtrodden … Continue reading

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