Two tankers attacked and left adrift in the Gulf of Oman. Pompeo again accuses Iran.
US shuttle diplomacy has achieved agreement on talks to take place between Lebanon and Israel on the maritime border.
The US President’s re-election calculus stands to be more important in determining American policy in the Middle East than the views of any number of advisors and US allies.
Four oil vessels damaged off Fujaira. Little detail – no casualties or pollution. No claims of responsibility.
The decision not to extend waivers on buying Iranian oil further underlines the Trump Administration’s determination to continue to hit Tehran hard, even at the risk of damage to other important issues, both domestic and international.
The US Congress is again considering legislation against the OPEC cartel. This time it may bite the bullet.
No resolution of the Qatar vs. four dispute – propaganda continues. Qatar surviving well. US talks up the need for unity. Active foreign policy continues.
Saudi Arabia may or may not continue to bend to President Donald Trump’s wish to see the oil price go lower still. But there are good reasons to suppose that, whatever Opec decides on 6 December, the trend for the next few weeks at least may be upwards.
Trump has blamed OPEC for the high oil price, but his efforts to shut off Iranian oil may be more to blame – with uncertain political consequences.
Arab states with Mediterranean coastlines have claimed various forms of jurisdiction over the sea lying off their coasts. On occasion, this has caused disputes between them and their neighbours. Some of these disputes have been resolved through the ICJ; others have yet to be resolved and are complicated by existing political conflicts.