Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

New Major Gas Field Discovered in Southern Iran

Via Tasnim News, a report on the discovery of a new major gas field in southern Iran: The deputy head of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) announced that a massive gas field has been discovered south of the country. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Sunday, Reza Dehqan said the huge gas field named […]

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Turkmenistan’s Gas Exports Hampered by Geopolitical Realities

Via The Jamestown Foundation, a report on Turkmenistan’s gas export visions are bumping up against geopolitical reality: On August 12, during the Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan, Russia and Iran expressed their discontent regarding the long-proposed Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TCP) project (see EDM, September 4). Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stressed that all “major Caspian […]

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Iran’s Economy: Bruised But Not Broken

Via The Iran Project, commentary on Iran’s economy: Last April, in a column for this blog I predicted that sanctions are very unlikely to force Iran to renegotiate the multilateral nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In particular, I argued that the belief held by Iran hawks in Washington foreign […]

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Dialing Up Profits In Dangerous Areas

Via Wall Street Journal, an interesting look at the success – and trouble - South Africa’s MTN has found working in some of the world’s most unstable regions: Working in some of the world’s most dangerous countries like South Sudan and Syria has made telecommunications provider MTN Group Ltd. MTNOY -3.51%bigger by some measures than its U.S. counterparts, but it […]

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Crushed by U.S. Sanctions, Iran Pins Economic Hopes on Mall Developer

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an interesting look at the potential of the business might of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to stabilize Iran’s teetering economy: Faced with a U.S. campaign to choke Iran of capital and investment, Saeed Mohammed is trying to find ways to keep the lifeblood of his country’s economy flowing. […]

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Gwadar vs. Chabahar: Competing Ports in Iran and Pakistan Fuel Ambition and Mistrust

Courtesy of STATFOR (subscription required), a detailed look at Gwadar and Chabahar: China’s expansion across South Asia and the Indian Ocean under its Belt and Road Initiative will drive India’s own regional outreach, heightening the importance of New Delhi’s infrastructure projects such as the Chabahar port in Iran. However, the threat of U.S. sanctions and […]

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