There are clear signs that a political accommodation may be in the cards, and, if that is the case, then Kurdistan and the south of Iraq will become booming business regions of genuine strategic business relevance where significant returns on investment can be made. The major oil service companies, in particular Nabors, Halliburton, and Schlumberger, are heralding a change in operational emphasis towards exploration, reflecting a generally increasing sense of optimism within the oil and gas sectors. Major oil service companies have made statements and released results that indicate the oil and gas sector in Iraq is poised for significant growth, both in the South and the North of the country. This report examines the growth potential...
The dirty secret of presidential campaigns is that those crafting the candidate's public pledges are usually not those who will be in charge of policy if victorious. As a consequence, voters who take...
Fahd Mohammed al-Quso, a particularly elusive al-Qaeda fugitive who helped plan the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, once again evaded an attempt to kill or capture him Thursday by dodging a U.S. airstrike in southern Yemen, according to Yemeni security officials...
Just weeks after the Obama White House closed the book on prosecuting all but two cases related to the Bush administration's harsh interrogation policies, Human Rights Watch released a sweeping report on Tuesday calling for...
Two of the world's critical waterways, the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab, are found at the geographic and political center of multiple Middle East crises that are threatening to affect -- to a greater or lesser extent -- almost every country whose oil and commodities transit those waterways. The crises include the various Middle East revolutions creating turmoil in the region but also the increasingly painful economic sanctions imposed by the U.S., the U.N. and the European Union (E.U.) on Iran as punishment for its alleged nuclear weapons' program...