Intelligence Briefing: 07.14.14


Summary: With rising conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and between ISIL and the Iraqi government, the likelihood of P5+1 and Iran reaching a deal is receding. Domestic opposition in both countries is probably insurmountable. The best outcome at this point would be an extension of the negotiations. So, no change in oil output at this juncture.


Founded with the name Energy Security Analysis, Inc, ESAI has been a thoughtful commentator on energy security issues for 25 years. ESAI has remained focused on geopolitical factors that shape energy markets and influence energy security decisions. In 1987, ESAI published SPRO-Watch, a Guide to Strategic Stock Drawdowns in the Persian Gulf Crisis of 1987.  In early 1991, ESAI published The Crude Oil Market after the Iraq Crisis, which provided a detailed analysis of the longer term implications of the Gulf War. From 1990-1995, ESAI published a quarterly journal entitled Petroleum Politics, which analyzed any kind of political development which affected petroleum. ESAI remained engaged in the energy security debate, publishing Energy Security Revisited: New Approaches for a Global Petroleum Market in 1999. Since then ESAI has conducted proprietary studies on energy security policy for the U.S., Japanese and Indian governments. In 2003, ESAI published After Saddam: Stability in the Persian Gulf, and in 2006, ESAI President Sarah Emerson published When Should We Use Strategic Stocks? in the journal, Energy Policy. More broadly, ESAI’s analytical team covers a wide range of geographic expertise and provides monthly analyses of Russia, the Caspian countries, China and the countries of Latin America. From 2001 to present, ESAI has collaborated with faculty members at the US Naval War College to produce the biweekly Intelligence Briefing, which covers a wide range of geopolitical issues, but with particular focus on the Persian Gulf.