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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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GECF Gas Summit and Tehran’s Message
Friday, November 27, 2015

Javid Ghorbanoghli
The recent summit meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Iran’s capital city of Tehran contained important messages for world countries.

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Economic Diplomacy, Iran's New Window to Foreign Relations
Friday, September 18, 2015

Hossein Kebriaeezadeh
In line with this policy, establishment of stable economic and political relations with the European Union and its member states can be considered a good option for Iran in view of those countries’ vast capacities with regard to various aspects of power. This is especially true because unlike other major centers of power in the world, the European Union enjoys high capacity for bargaining in political and economic fields and can be considered a suitable catalyst to elevate the level of Iran's economic interactions in the world.

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Transit Corridors Offer Iran New Opportunities for International Cooperation
Monday, June 22, 2015

Bahram Amir Ahmadian
Now, Iran is faced with a good opportunity to make the most of the current situation in Europe and the positive trend of the ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program with the P5+1 group of countries. Therefore, Iran has to work seriously in the light of the aforesaid developments in order to regain its deserved position in the global energy market; a position which had been taken from Iran in the past few years.

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‘Oil Conspiracy’ Theory and Its Critics
Friday, January 23, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
History shows that conspirators rarely show their hands and often the passage of time is necessary to uncover them and circumstantial rather than direct evidence must be used to prove a conspiracy. This is why during the 1980s the US media acted as the propaganda arm of the US government by denying any oil conspiracy whatever and it took more than a decade before the facts came out. Learning lessons from the past, however, means drawing legitimate inferences and conclusions called for by the existing facts that suggest strong affinity with a sinister past.

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Saudi Arabia Not Sole Cause for Global Oil Slump
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Abbas Maleki
We must not forget those parties that are working against the interests of Iran, and only focus on our neighboring states. As for the issue that we have been discussing here, we must try to find the country which quite recently put the names of several Iranian companies and individuals on the list of its sanctions. We must also seek out all those countries that implement sanctions against Iran. It would not be realistic to ignore all of them and just focus on Saudi Arabia because of the assumed hostility of Riyadh toward Tehran.

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Oil Price Fall to Make US Negotiate with OPEC
Monday, January 12, 2015

Manouchehr Takin
In an interview to Mehr News, an international oil and energy consultant Manouchehr Takin gives his views on recent oil price falls, calling it a serious challenge for all OPEC members, even for the so-called ‘rich’ countries within the Organization.

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