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Riyadh and Tehran Rapprochement: Bigger Obstacles Than Expected

Riyadh and Tehran Rapprochement:  Bigger Obstacles Than Expected

Reaching an acceptable compromise between Saudi Arabia and Iran about Syria is more difficult than previously thought. Though the differences in the region are no longer seen by either Saudi Arabia or Iran as a zero sum game, finding a deal ...

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P5+1 Nuclear Talks Hang on Internal Iran Factional Outcome

P5+1 Nuclear Talks Hang on Internal Iran Factional Outcome

After inconclusive talks last month between Iran and the P5+1, there is growing doubt that a final agreement can be reached before the July 20, 2014 deadline.  This poses new and serious challenges to both sides.  For the P5+1, particularly ...

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Iran’s Natural Gas : A potential Game Changer. But Not So Soon

Iran’s Natural Gas : A potential Game Changer. But Not So Soon

Iran’s oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh is moving to implement radical reforms in the method Tehran conducts business in its energy sector. One of the main changes being considered in this field is to drop the current buy-back contract forms ...

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Al Sissi: A Terribly Managed Beginning

Al Sissi: A Terribly Managed Beginning

Instead of being a moment of strength and a fresh start for the new Egyptian president Abdel Fatah Al Sissi, the presidential election was a manifestation of how the functioning of the new regime’s political machine is incompetent, shortsighted, fragmented and ...

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