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Late October saw a flurry of activity in London aimed at boosting Gulf Co-Operation Council-UK ties. If the crowded programme had been the result of a co-ordinated plan by the UK’s (relatively) new coalition government it might be seen as a reaffirmation of UK-Gulf ties organised by a dynamic new administration.

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Aligning itself with international pressure over the nuclear issue, Tokyo has announced new sanctions against Iran, which include a ban upon any medium- to long-term (MLT) export credit cover from either Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (Nexi) and The Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC).

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Issue 885 - 18 September 2010

Government in industry shakeup

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The government has proposed plans to revamp the organisational structure of Iran’s oil industry to grant the state-run National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) more autonomy.

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King Hamad shows no sign of relaxing a security campaign that seems intended to squeeze opposition outside parliament and depress voter turnout in support of opponents within the constitutional framework, when legislative elections are held on 23 October

Iran | Bahrain
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No sign of an official retreat from the Bahraini crackdown, International offensive, Elections in question, A much bigger crackdown, Ahmadinejad faces new challenges from within, KhameneiAfter seeing off popular protests and reformist opponents, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad now faces challenges from within the regime as hardliners attempt to rein in the president’s growing personal authority. Suggestions of a possible impeachment have even been mooted by some deputies in the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran (Majlis), as the relationship between president and parliament becomes increasingly strained. uneasy but still, apparently, supportive

Iran | Bahrain
Issue 885 - 18 September 2010

US confirms Omani role in Iranian release

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The US State Department on 15 September confirmed the role of the Omani government in securing the release of imprisoned hiker Sarah Shourd, who was arrested with two other Americans by Iran 13 months ago when walking in the mountainous Iranian/Iraqi border region

Iran | Oman
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As sanctions bite, it becomes ever harder to develop energy projects, but western withdrawal opens opportunities for Tehran’s traditional partners as well as domestic companies with shadowy backgrounds

Iran
Issue 883 - 28 August 2010

Iran remains in denial over energy

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Sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector have sparked an exodus of western oil companies, but Tehran is turning to one-time allies Russia and China to rescue a faltering

Iran
Issue 883 - 28 August 2010

Big business for the IRGC

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The awarding of lucrative oil and gas contracts to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC or Pasdaran) has become a common trend

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US Democratic congressman Brad Sherman has told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that the UAE remains a “transhipment and diversion hub” and does “not effectively control exports to Iran and other countries of proliferation”.

Iran | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Although the aftershocks of Iraq’s post-Saddam brush with state failure continue to be felt across the country, Iraqis are moving on to new concerns – including a growing apprehension about the actions of its powerful neighbours

Iran | Iraq
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Iran is aiming to become self-sufficient in oil within four years, oil minister Masoud Mir-Kazemi announced during the inaugural ceremony of Morvarid Petrochemical Complex and Pardis Petrochemical

Iran
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Underlining the impact of US-led campaigns on economic life in the Islamic Republic, BP has halted fuel supplies to Iranian airliners landing at any location following fresh US sanctions against the energy sector. Iranian officials had earlier accused the UK, Germany and

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Russian energy minister Sergei Shmatko has ruled out reducing energy trade with Iran despite the sanctions imposed by the United Nations, United States and European Union. Speaking in Moscow on 14 July, Shmatko hinted that Russian energy companies could fill the gap created by the withdrawal of many western firms from the Iranian market,

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Issue 880 - 03 July 2010

Key officers in the US command

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A new head will have to be appointed to US Central Command (Centcom). In the interim, deputy Centcom commander and US Marine Corps Lieutenant General John Allen will serve as acting

Iran | Iraq