Iran’s Economy After the Sanctions Deal: Why the New US Hurdles?

Iran’s Economy After the Sanctions Deal: Why the New US Hurdles?

photo: Nicolas Raymond Today, the Iran nuclear deal is effective. Yet, Iran’s efforts to attract foreign investment and accelerate growth and prosperity face new hurdles, which seem to reflect Washington’s efforts to dent the agreement. Last January, the nuclear agreement between, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (US, China, France, Russia, […]

Iran Nuclear Deal: There Is No Alternative

On April 3, President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to fill him in on the P5+1 deal with Iran. But the prime minister wasn’t buying. He told the President: “The deal based on this framework would threaten Israel’s survival (and would) legitimize Iran’s nuclear program, bolster Iran’s economy, and increase Iran’s aggression and terror […]

Iran Stiffens Resolve to Elude Sanctions in Face of Latest U.S. Penalties

By Andy Tully: Iran’s oil minister says recent U.S. penalties against several companies in Iran and elsewhere will only encourage Tehran to evade the sanctions regime imposed to hinder its nuclear energy program. “The sanctions are cruel and illegal, and we will keep fulfilling our duty with regards to circumventing the sanctions,” Bijan Zanganeh said […]

3 Things a Deal With Iran Would Likely Include

By Jofi Joseph: In mid-July, negotiators from the so-called P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union) reached a mutual agreement with Iran to extend an interim six-month agreement for another four months. The agreement extends concrete constraints on Iran’s nuclear program — in particular, a halt to Iran’s […]

Will the U.S. Oil Boom Make Energy Sanctions Easier?

Ask someone to identify a big geopolitical consequence of the ongoing U.S. oil production boom and odds are high that they’ll invoke Iran. (Every one of the links in that last sentence is an example.) Without surging U.S. oil production, they’ll argue, sanctions on Iranian oil exports would have led to a massive oil price spike. Here is a concrete case of the oil boom yielding greater U.S. freedom of action in […]

Iraq, Oil Markets and the U.S. Economy

The group is calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, translated as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS. And so it may come to be. From Friday’s Wall Street Journal: A militant Islamist group that has carved out control of a swath of Syria has moved into Iraq, conquering cities […]

Iran Says OPEC Needs to Make Room For Its Oil

Iran’s oil output is moving away from a 20-month high reached earlier this year. Nevertheless, with OPEC expecting growing demand for its crude, Iran says it’s ready to make its presence known on the international oil stage. Iran is serious about achieving a position on the international stage that’s reflective of its reserve potential, the […]

Iran Tears Up Azadegan Contact With China

China — one of the few countries to invest in Iran despite international sanctions against it over its nuclear program — has had its contract to develop Iran’s Azadegan oil field terminated. On April 29, the National Iranian Oil Co.’s legal department informed state-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China’s biggest oil and natural gas […]

Iran Reveals Details on New Contracts With IOCs

Iran announced new details on how it will design contracts with international companies seeking to develop Iranian oil and gas reserves, according to Bloomberg. At a conference in Tehran, Iranian officials stated that they will provide incentives for companies developing riskier fields in an effort to lift production. Iran appears to be planning for the eventual […]

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