Middle East Turmoil


  • Speaking from the NATO summit, President Obama discusses plans to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine and to confront the threat of ISIS. Obama outlines a plan to meet these geopolitical challenges.

  • Will Obama revise ISIS strategy?     Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports President Obama is expected to speak on the possible cease-fire between Ukraine and Russia, and on how he plans to deal with ISIS.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Draghi's rate cutting and stimulus sent the dollar higher, and commodities felt the pressure. Oil was down on the day, and AAA says gas prices could fall below $3/gallon. Gold closed lower as well.

  • Marathon CEO on ISIS: Remain hopeful     Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    Lee Tillman, Marathon Oil CEO, discusses how chaos in the Middle East is impacting the oil industry. Tillman says the U.S. must work around the crude export ban.

  • Obama & Cameron call on NATO     Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports both President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have called on NATO to confront ISIS.

  • Sen. Johnson: Tyrant Putin playing the West     Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    Senator Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.), discusses Russia's escalating military intrusion in Ukraine and how the Obama administration should support Ukraine.

  • Missing Libyan planes raise 9/11 terror fears Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:26 AM ET
    A picture taken on August 26, 2014, shows bullet casing and damaged airplanes on the tarmac at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital after fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition captured the airport from Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar.

    Eleven planes missing from a Libya airport are raising fears that militants could use them in terror attacks to mark the 9/11 anniversary.

  • Can ISIS be controlled?     Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    Dan Senor, Foreign Policy Initiative, and Steve Rattner, CNBC contributor, discuss how terrorist group ISIS could impact the markets and oil prices.

  • Geopolitical wildcards     Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 6:35 AM ET

    Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group president & founder, shares his thoughts about the worldwide impact of ISIS, the Ukraine-Russia standoff, and America's foreign policy.

  • Complacency & a volatile world     Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Discussing why the markets are not really reacting geopolitical turmoil overseas, with Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council, and Susan Ochs of The Aspen Institute.

  • Global flashpoints heat up     Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 4:14 PM ET
    A Palestinian woman takes some of her belongings from her partially destroyed home across the street from where a high rise apartment building in Gaza City was targeted by Israeli airstrikes, Aug. 26, 2014.

    CNBC's Mandy Drury looks at the myriad of geopolitical hot spots impacting the global markets.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Waiting for Mario     Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 3:47 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Metals and energy rebounded today. Gold closed over $1270. Oil was up a bit on the day, after taking it on the chin yesterday.

  • ‘Keep us out of civil war’: Libya’s central bank Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 5:29 AM ET
    A picture taken on July 28, 2014 shows smoke billowing from an oil depot where a huge blaze started following clashes around Tripoli airport, Libya.

    Rare warning to the country's warring factions to keep central bank out of the current conflict or risk triggering seizure of foreign assets.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Dollar up, oil down     Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. The dollar soared and commodities took a big hit today.

  • US blasts Somalian target: Here's what's at stake Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 4:04 PM ET
    A Somali government soldier holds his position against suspected militants during an attack at the Jilacow underground cell inside a national security compound in Mogadishu on Aug. 31, 2014.

    The U.S. attacked al-Shabab not only for its current capabilities, but to safeguard against its future potential, experts said.

  • ISIS allegedly beheads journalist Sotloff     Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 3:25 PM ET

    A new video purportedly shows the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS. CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the Obama administration is committed to the strategy of bombing ISIS in Iraq.

  • Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014.

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports a new video has surfaced showing ISIS beheading U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff is a freelancer who worked for Time and Foreign Policy magazines.

  • ISIS kills second US journalist, threatens UK captive Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 5:40 AM ET
    A man identified as Steven Joel Sotloff with a member of ISIS. ISIS behead US Journalist James Wright Foley on video - Aug 2014.

    The monitoring organization, SITE Intel Group, said that ISIS had also threatened to execute a British captive, NBC reports.

  • What's the US goal in Iraq? Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 11:54 AM ET
    Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014.

    To the Islamic State, Obama's indecision reads as weakness, says ex-State Dept adviser David Phillips. The US needs to decide on its goal in Iraq.

  • Don't brush off geopolitics just yet: ANZ     Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 11:16 PM ET

    To overlook geopolitical events would be short-sightedness as ongoing tensions could still result in supply disruptions, says Daniel Hynes, Senior Commodity Strategist at ANZ.