Daily Archive: March 23, 2019

The Taliban’s Victory Along the Turkmenistani Border Is One of Its Most Important Yet

The Afghan Civil War spilling over into Turkmenistan. The Taliban reportedly chased approximately 100 members of the Afghan Border Forces into Turkmenistan following heated fighting in the province of Badghis that also saw the insurgents – which are officially recognized as terrorists by the UN and the Russian Federation in spite of the latter recently urging their delisting in order...

So What If Trump “Recognizes” “Israel’s” Annexation of the Golan?

Who really cares what Trump says when nobody’s words one way or the other are going to change the reality that “Israel” probably won’t be dislodged from the occupied Golan Heights anytime soon, especially not when Russian troops are enforcing an anti-Iranian “buffer zone” there and Moscow itself strongly suggested that Damascus surrender this territory in the Russian-written “draft constitution”...

Lebanon Must Turn to Europe as Me​diato​r for Its Maritime Claims Dispute with Israel

Lebanon is preparing to receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with no domestic enthusiasm. It is foreseen that the visit will bring no positive outcome to the country. This conclusion has been reached by many Lebanese officials following previous visits by Assistant Secretary of State David Hill, and after him by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near...

Crimea: The Geopolitical Jewel Russia Continues to Polish

Washington last week gave another sign that the Trump administration is moving towards declaring the Golan Heights to be Israeli sovereign territory. At the heart of the move are huge anticipated US-Israeli oil profits. In an annual human rights report, the State Department referred to the Golan Heights as “Israeli-controlled,” dropping the international norm of citing the contested area as...

The US Could Change Global Geopolitics by Becoming the Top Oil Exporter in 2024

The International Energy Agency forecast that the US could become the world’s top oil exporter by 2024. The report attributes this to “the incredible strength of its shale industry”, noting that it amounts to “a pivotal milestone that will bring greater diversity of supply in markets.” Although the agency’s full forecast isn’t available for free, it’s still possible to prognosticate...