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New Government Report: Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy (ISBN: 9781437934113)

Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy (ISBN: 9781437934113)
By Kenneth Katzman (Paperback, 12 pages, 2010, $10)

After instability during the late 1990s, Bahrain undertook political reforms that include the Shiite majority in governance. However, unrest among Bahraini Shiites continues to simmer over the government’s perceived manipulation of citizenship and election laws and regulations to maintain its grip on power. These tensions are increasing in the run up to the next elections in November 2010.

Contents of this report: (1) Recent Elections: 2006 Assembly Elections; The 2010 Nat. Assembly Election; Human Rights Issues: U.S. Efforts to Promote Political Reform; (2) U.S. Arms Transfers: Purchases With National Funds; Other Anti-Terrorism Cooperation.; Econ. Relations with U.S.; (3) Bahrain-Iran Gas Deal; Iraq; Qatar Territorial Disputes; Arab-Israeli Issues.

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June 4, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Resources: Prospects and Processes (ISBN: 9781437934106)

U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Resources: Prospects and Processes (ISBN: 9781437934106)
By Marc Humphries, Robert Pirog, Gene Whitney
(Paperback, 29 pages, 2010, $20)

This past week has seen the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico worsen, despite attempts to plug the gushing oil well. Carol M. Browner, President Obama’s climate change and energy policy adviser, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she was concerned about the impact that the hurricane season could have on the continuing environmental crisis.

This report’s contents: (1) Introduction and Background; (2) Legislative Issues; (3) U.S. Oil and Gas Supply and Demand: U.S. Oil, and Natural Gas Markets; Econ. Effects; Greater OCS Access and Supply; (4) Oil and Gas Reserves and Resources in the OCS; Resource Estimates and Technological Change; OCS Resource Estimates; Resource Estimates by Planning Area, and by Water Depth; (5) OCS Leasing Process and Program; (6) OCS Revenues: Revenue Sharing or Not?; Royalty Revenue Estimates; Environmental Concerns Associated with Offshore Exploration and Development; Offshore Areas Currently Protected; General Environmental Regulations and Requirements for Offshore Exploration and Production; (7) Environmental Impact Statements: Oil Spills and Leaks; Seismic Surveys and Industrial Noise. Illustrations.

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May 31, 2010 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Firms Reported in Open Sources as Having Commercial Activity in Iran’s Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Sectors

Firms Reported in Open Sources as Having Commercial Activity in Iran’s Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Sectors
by Joseph A. Christoff (Paperback, 25 pages, 2010, $20)

Iran’s oil export revenues have accounted for more than 24% of Iran’s GDP and 50%-76% of the Iranian government’s revenues in recent years. Iran has the world’s third largest oil reserves and second largest gas reserves, and is the world’s fourth largest producer of crude oil.

IHS Global Insight reports that Iran’s priorities for the next five years are to (1) raise oil production and exports as much as possible, (2) increase natural gas production for domestic use, and (3) expand refining capacity if financially and technically possible.

Iran prohibits non-Iranian firms from obtaining an ownership interest by investing in oil and gas fields, but allows them to enter into “buy-back” arrangements in which the foreign firms may receive entitlements to oil or gas for a limited time in exchange for the funds they expend on the project.

U.S. law restricts U.S. firms from investing in Iran’s energy sector through a variety of sanctions administered by the Dept. of the Treasury to discourage Iran from supporting terrorism and developing nuclear weapons.

In addition, the Iran Sanctions Act, as amended, provides for sanctions against persons, including foreign firms, who invest more than $20 million in Iran’s energy sector in any 12-month period.

This correspondence (1) provides a list of foreign firms reported in open sources as engaging in commercial activity in Iran’s oil, gas, or petrochemical sectors from 2005 to 2009 and (2) provides information about these sectors. Tables.

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April 28, 2010 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

New Government Reports: Russia, Israel-Palestine, Debt, Iraq and Oil, Federal Research

Every week we highlight five new government reports. Here are this week’s:

1) Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests
Edited by Jim Nichol (Paperback, 39 pages)

Post-Soviet Russia and significance for the United States. Includes political and human rights development in the Putin-Medvedev era, political pluralism, human rights problems, and insurgency in the North Caucasus. Defense reforms regarding arms control and missile defense. Trade, economic and energy issues, including the World Trade Organization (WTO), Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

2) Israeli-Arab Negotiations: Background, Conflicts, and U.S. Policy
by Carol Migdalovitz (Paperback, 55 pages)

Recent developments between Israel and Palestine, Israel and Syria and Israel and Lebanon. Also includes the United States’ role from 1991-2008, including the Obama Administration, the Madrid Conference, Bilateral talks and development between Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

3) Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases

Includes a brief history of the federal debt limit: origins of the federal debt limit during World War II, the debt ceiling in the last decade and the economic slowdown and federal debt. Charts and tables.

4) Iraq: Oil and Gas Legislation, Revenue Sharing, and U.S. Policy
by Christopher M. Blanchard (Paperback, 29 pages)

Draft of hydrocarbon legislation, interim arrangements and contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government and Ministry of Oil. Also includes the Iraqi Perspectives on Iraq’s Constitution, federal and regional authority, revenue sharing, foreign participation. Plus legislation by the United States Congress.

5) Federal Research and Development Funding: Fiscal Year 2011

Federal research and development (R&D) funding perspectives: Agency Perspective; Character of Work, Facilities, and Equipment Perspective; Combined Perspective. Includes the National Nanotechnology Initiative; Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program and the U.S. Global Change Research Program. More from the DoD; DHS; NIH; DoE; NSF; Department of Commerce: NIST, NOAA, NASA; USDA; Department of the Interior; EPA and DoT. Charts and tables.



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