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Despite widespread assumptions: the world is not facing years of low oil prices. In fact, the oil price is about to rise again, and we expect the rise to be significant and long lasting. Investors should take note, and governments need to prepare themselves for the positive and negative consequences.
For the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has begun to articulate a clear view of its role in the world, and this underpins its strategy in Syria and elsewhere. Instead of seeing Russian intervention in Syria and throughout the Arab and Islamic world as driven solely by the personal goals of Russian President Vladimir Putin, we need to understand the political philosophy which is driving Russian foreign policy. ...
The Saudi Announcement of a possible Aramco IPO was designed to test the waters and probably motivated by internal political considerations; but an actual IPO, even partial, could have a tremendous world-wide geopolitical impact.
The Saudi strategy of lowering oil prices to regain market dominance appears to be on the road to success in 2016, though fissures are emerging within OPEC
Regional Security Updates
Central Syria: Battles continued between the Islamic State and the Syrian Army near Hadath and Mahin and other areas in Homs eastern countryside. Four Syrian soldiers were killed and others wounded when IS fighters entered Maksar Al-Hisan. Meanwhile Russian airplanes bombed IS locations in Tadmur and Qaryatayn and two other locations east of Homs. Click here to read more
Saudi Arabia vs. Russia: The Next Oil Price War By Cyril Widdershoven
No Plan B for Saudi Energy Policy by Hadi Fathallah
غياب خطة بديلة لسياسة الطاقة في السعودية by Hadi Fathallah
The Iraqi Military, The US-led Coalition and the Mosul Operation: The Risk of Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory by Norman Ricklefs
From Syria to Iraq: Federalize or Perish by Hadi Fathallah and Norman Ricklefs
Exclusive: U.S. falters in campaign to revive Iraqi army, officials say by Ned Parker and Jonathan Landay (Reuters)
Due diligence a must for conducting business in Iraq (Oil Review Middle East)
Apocalypse Not: The Iraqi bloodbath that wasn’t by Jeff Stein (Newsweek)
Was Zahran Alloush really a moderate leader? by Ali Mamouri (Al Monitor)
What are the real goals of Riyadh’s new Islamic coalition? by Ali Mamouri (Al Monitor)
Ramadi's dirty little secret in the war against ISIS by Jeff Stein (Newsweek)
How Iraq just legalized discrimination of minorities by Ali Mamouri (Al Monitor)
UAE is a leader in counter-terrorism by Theodore Karasik (The National)
How to rein in Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units by Ali Mamouri (Al Monitor)
Iraqis protest corruption, lack of services while politicians blame everyone but themselves by Ali Mamouri (Al Monitor)
Rivers of Babylon: Iraq's Water Crisis—And What Turkey Should Do by Mukdad Al Jabberi, Norman Ricklefs and Robert Tollast (Foreign Affairs)
The Islamic State is Winning in Iraq by Norman Ricklefs, Derek Harvey (Wall Street Journal)
LTG Michael D. Barbero Discusses ISIS on CNN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNbIIemKgsI
Retain a sense of humour: Iraq adviser (Sydney Morning Herald)
Fourteen Rules for Advisors in Iraq by Norman Ricklefs (Small Wars Journal)
A Solid State by Norman Ricklefs (Foreign Affairs)
What Happened to Iraq? by Norman Ricklefs (The Atlantic)
Visit to the Mosul Front Lines Briefing Note by Norman Ricklefs, Therese Tayah (Small Wars Journal)
Iraq’s security forces need US military support by Norman Ricklefs (Gulf News)
Norman Ricklefs Interview on ABC TV, The Drum