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Trump Chairs Security Council Meeting

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US President Donald Trump chaired the United Nations Security Council meeting Wednesday morning, September 26 (AP1). This comes after his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, September 25 (BBC). His address focused on US sovereignty, Iran’s expanding influence and negotiations with North Korea (AP1). He lauded American patriotism, requesting the ability to operate self-sufficiently […]

Assad and Syrian Rebel Groups Talk at Astana

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On January 23, Syrian rebel groups and the Assad government met face-to-face in Astana to cement a ceasefire agreement, along with representatives from Turkey, Russia and Iran (AP; Haaretz; Reuters). Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers moved to establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and enforce full compliance with the ceasefire (Haaretz). This monitoring, as […]

Bahraini Sectarian Tensions Rise, Ayatollah Ousted

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The spiritual leader of the Bahraini Shi’ite Muslim majority, Ayatollah Isa Qassim, had his citizenship revoked on Monday (BBC). An interior ministry statement accused Qassim of using his position to promote extremist sectarianism and violence, as well as serve foreign interests (BNA). Qassim may face deportation as the Bahraini government has deported a number of […]

Saudi Arabia and Russia Reach Deal to Cap Oil Production

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After several weeks of ongoing discussion regarding oil production in Russia and Saudia Arabia the two countries have reached an agreement with OPEC. On Tuesday leaders from both countries agreed to freeze oil output; however, the deal was contingent on additional countries joining (Reuters). OPEC members Qatar, Venezuela and Kuwait have already stated they are […]

After Relief of Western Sanctions, Iran Re-Enters Global Markets

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After relief of nuclear-related sanctions, Iran will now resume its crude oil exports and will have access to previously frozen assets (Reuters). Iranian crude oil reserves are the fourth largest in the world, with its natural gas reserves as first largest (Chicago Tribune). The International Energy Agency’s reduced estimates for global oil demand due to […]

White House Reassures Critics on Iran Deal

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After successfully negotiating the framework for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, the Obama administration has launched an effort to reassure those who are skeptical of the deal (New York Times). In an interview with National Public Radio aired on April 7, President Obama refuted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the deal threatens […]