Will Iraq Resist Iran’s Example

As more information comes to light about Iran’s brutal crackdown on protests triggered by an increase in gasoline prices, developments there signal what may yet happen in Iraq where the government’s response to protests has been mixed. On one hand, the Iraqi government has conceded the resignation of the Prime Minister. On the other hand,…

Protests in Iraq Different this Time

Iraq’s southern Shiites protest almost annually in Iraq, lamenting their “stolen country” due to Iranian influence and overall poor Iraqi governance. This time around, the government has responded violently and, as casualties have mounted, the protests have grown. This has created an especially delicate situation. How things unfold from here will determine the stability of…

Iran is Not Finished

While gains against Saudi Arabia in Yemen are positive in terms of regional influence, Tehran needs sanctions relief. It has been carefully ratcheting up its attacks on oil production and exports in the hope of signaling its capabilities and resolve. So far, it has not produced the desired results – some sort of bending on…

Is Turkey the Next Focus?

ChinaOil (CNPC)’s announcement that it will stop lifting Venezuelan crude oil illustrates the impact of secondary sanctions imposed by the Trump Administration and the potential for linkages across different areas of negotiation (i.e. trade and Venezuela). The impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela is just beginning to play out. Turkey may be one…