Iran Review > Energy and Economy
Important Message of Rouhani's Trip to France and Italy
Monday, February 1, 2016

Abbas Maleki
The set of small and medium companies that can work in Iran's oil and gas industry can have a collective influence as well as economic, technological and financial outcomes, which may be much more important for our country in comparison with the big companies. 

Saudi Arabia, a Diminishing OPEC and an Ascending Iran
Monday, February 1, 2016

Lindsay Hughes
Saudi Arabia faces a raft of internal and external challenges. These include falling oil prices, its inability to gain traction in its proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, its adoption of energy policies that have tended to alienate other Organisation of Petrol Exporting Countries (OPEC) members, the return of Iran to the international community after the lifting of sanctions against it and internal issues such as dwindling water resources, a lack of employment for its youth and growing strife within the House of Saud regarding a successor to King Salman.

Rouhani in Europe: Economic Cooperation on the Negotiating Table
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

IRNA Research and News Analysis Group
The ongoing visits by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to France and Italy, as two big European powers, can be considered as an important development in Iran's relations with the European Union and the beginning of a new era in the two sides’ relations. Although the existence of differences between Iran and Europe cannot be ignored or downplayed, frequent meetings between senior officials from Iran and Europe show that the two sides’ move toward resolution of differences and reduction of tensions is steadily going forward.

Various Benefits of Rail Route Connecting Iran to Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China
Monday, January 25, 2016

Farzad Ramezani Bonesh
This railroad can not only boost transportation capacity of the involved countries, but also energize the growth of their national economies, expand their trade exchanges and promote tourism ties, while helping them develop their national economies. In addition, the railroad will reduce the distance for commercial transport between the East (from China to Iran) and the West (toward Western Europe) and help connect member countries to the free waters of the Persian Gulf through the Iranian soil. 

Iran's Post-JCPOA Priorities: Manpower and Energy
Friday, January 22, 2016

Abbas Maleki
Now, in the period following the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran is faced with many opportunities. Everybody casts a look at the outlook of Iran's progress and development from their own standpoints. I, for my turn, want to have a share in this look to the future.

Iran's Chabahar Port, New Trade Gateway for India and Afghanistan
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Afghanistan is a landlocked country with no access to free waters and Karachi port in Pakistan is the sole route for Afghans through which they can engage in trade with the rest of the world. Therefore, Afghan officials have reached the conclusion that in cooperation with India, they must go for Iran's southeastern Chabahar port, which can offer a good substitute for Karachi port. This issue was one of the main reasons behind a recent three-day trip to Iran by Afghanistan’s chief executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah.

The IPC Terms Demonstrate a Big Improvement on Iran’s Old Oil Contract Model
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Richard Mallinson
A noted analyst specializing in the geopolitics of energy and Middle East energy affairs believes the new IPC terms demonstrate a major improvement on Iran’s old upstream contracts and definitely lures the European firms that previously did business with Iran, but left the country following the introduction of sanctions in 2012. Nevertheless, he believes these companies might start returning to Iran by “testing the water” and seeing if reinvestment would be safe and cost-effective.

The North-South International Corridor, a Factor to Boost Iran's Regional Standing
Friday, January 1, 2016

Bahram Amir-Ahmadian
From a geopolitical viewpoint, transportation of goods through the North-South Corridor will not only have many benefits for Iran, but will also strengthen Iran's standing in the Caspian Sea region because Iran plays a central role in this corridor. From a strategic viewpoint, this corridor can be used when critical conditions govern international waters and cause problems for shipping, and as such, guarantee continuation of the free flow of goods.

Italy Eyes Growing Economic and Security Cooperation with Post-Sanctions Iran
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Cinzia Bianco
Earlier this month, Gulf State Analytics sat down with Cinzia Bianco, an Italian expert on Middle Eastern geopolitics, to discuss the context in which Italians and Iranians eye opportunities to pursue a mutually advantageous relationship in 2016 and beyond.

Natural Gas: From Economic Benefits to Political Power Tool
Friday, November 27, 2015

Mehdi Hassanzadeh
The summit meeting of the heads of state of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, as a result of which Tehran turned into a hub for delineating the future road map of the global gas industry. This was made possible due to the presence in the summit of high-ranking officials from 18 member states, including 12 main and six observer members.

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