This exclusive special report delves into:
- The regional turmoil and impact Islamic State is having on politics and oil markets in the Middle East
- The current state of the conflict in Syria and likely implications
- The latest tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran
- The Basra-to-Aqaba plan
- Plus an interview with the Iraq Oil Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi along with an in-depth analysis of the state of play in Iraq
Tensions in the Middle East are mounting. This exclusive special report takes a look at the major players in the region and the role oil is playing in their political and armed ambitions. As well as the chapters listed below detailed maps show Syria's and Iraq’s oil and gas energy infrastructure and the current status of the Iraq-Jordan pipeline.
Get the facts, figures and inside information for this complex and highly charged market. This highly relevant and interesting report is a must-read for anyone involved or interested in oil and conflict in the Middle East.
1. Is oil really financing IS?
The terror group’s crude production, trade and revenue have been vastly over-estimated. It continues to depend on foreign financing to sustain its war machine, argues Luay al-Khatteeb
2. Market Turmoil Hits IS-Captive Iraq
Chronic spending constraints resulting from low global oil prices and high military expenditure are frustrating both the oil ambitions of the Iraqi federal government and the KRG
3. Unending Conflict
The course of war in Syria will go a long way to determining the wider Mena region’s fate in 2016
4. Saudi Arabia and Iran Square Up
Crisis between the two nations will result in prolonged sectarian tension in the Gulf and an escalation in the region’s conflict. However, a deliberate military conflict between the two can be discounted
5. Oil and the Divided Nation
Assailed by Islamic State and fiscal weakness, Iraq is barely holding together. Kurdish and even Baswari aspirations now loom over the country and its oil sector
6. Interview: Adil Abd al-Mahdi