Category: Geopolitics

US imposes second round of sanctions to drive Iranian oil exports to zero

On November 5, 2018, the United States fully re-imposed the sanctions on Iran that had been lifted or waived under the JCPOA.  These are the toughest U.S. sanctions ever imposed on Iran, and will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as the energy, shipping and shipbuilding, and financial sectors. The United States is engaged…

A conversation on twitter with a Brexiter

By Andrew Katz  @andrewjskatz I just had a long conversation on twitter with a Brexiter. He was polite and civil, but he was pretty aghast at my suggestion that the referendum was too complex a question to be put to the electorate. This is counterintuitive to many people, and I want to set out my reasoning. The…

News of the death of Jamal Khashoggi at the headquarters of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

There is still no confirmed news about the fate of Saudi opposition writer Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared last Tuesday when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to conduct some transactions. The Turkish authorities believe that the prominent Saudi journalist, who disappeared a few days ago, was killed inside the consulate. “The initial assessment of…

The Idlib offensive

On September 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran for a trilateral meeting on the future of the war in Syria.  The three major military powers meet as the Syrian Arab Army prepares to launch an offensive against the last major rebel stronghold in…

New military formation in Northern Syria could be a game changer

Conflict reports in Northwest Syria were mixed after the announcement of a new military formation that includes factions actively engaged in the Syrian opposition, with the support of  the Turkish government. Four military groups in the North West of Syria, all with different aims and objectives and all in a densely populated narrow geographic area,…