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The Future of Iranian Natural Gas Exports to Turkey

The diversification of energy resources is a fundamental principle of Turkey’s energy policy. As such, the country has implemented several important natural gas transit projects in recent years, with more planned for the near future. Turkey is positioning itself to become a regional energy hub in the medium term, which will require additional construction...    read more 

The Middle East and China: Trust in the time of COVID-19

China and the Middle East have long-standing historical ties that have grown significantly closer in recent years, driven by rising levels of trade and investment, as well as a burgeoning political relationship. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which spread from China to the region and the rest of the world, has ushered in a complex new dynami...    read more 

What does the oil price collapse mean for Russia and the GCC?

On April 20, the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil grade turned negative for the first time in history, reaching - $37.63 per barrel (pb). The shock of the collapse was so great that traders were quick to call that day "Black Monday"...    read more 

Iran Is Lying About Its Coronavirus Crisis

Within days of requesting $5 billion from the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei turned down and mocked America’s offer to send medical assistance to fight the spiraling coronavirus crisis...    read more 

Iran Intensifies Its Fake News Campaign

The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) is the most-lied to and lied about the organization in the World.  This legacy is further engendered by recent The Intercept article, “Defectors Tell of Torture and Forced Sterilization in Militant Iranian Cult”, posted March 22, ...    read more 

The Chinese Penetration of Israeli Media

In 2009, China Radio International (CRI) began broadcasting in Hebrew. This venture has proven a success for the Chinese and a failure for the Israeli media, which uncritically swallow the messages sent out by CRI’s Hebrew team...    read more 

Opinion – The Impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Central Asia and the South Caucasus

In September 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping first announced his strategic vision of “One Belt, One Road” (subsequently renamed the “Belt and Road Initiative” or BRI) during a speech at Nazarbayev University in the Kazakh capital. In essence, the BRI is a massive Chinese project, involving more than 130 countries, over $600 billion in existing com...    read more 

China’s Response to the Killing of Soleimani

China and Iran have a close relationship, but Beijing’s influence over Tehran is questionable. Its response to the killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani  offers clues to its view of its own role in the Middle East...    read more 

Trump’s “deal of the century” generates plenty of debate in Israel

The details of U.S. President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” peace plan have yet to be published, although the plan itself has been discussed on numerous occasions over the past two years. In adopting this approach Trump may be taking the tools of publicity common to the business world and trying to apply them to politics. The choice no...    read more 

Aftermath of strike on Qassem Soleimani not the time for U.S. partisan politics

The precedent for U.S. President Donald Trump's authority to order the strike against Qassem Soleimani was established during the administration of Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt...    read more