Bahrain: Speculation grows over position of PM Khalifa Bin Salman, as Nasser Bin Hamad’s star rises further

Speculation in Bahrain is now rife about the future prospects of prime minister (since 1970) Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, for so long apparently immortal, if somewhat amoral. Aged 82, the world’s longest-serving premier remains a dominant player for now, with his conservative views proving more resilient than the liberalising policies that marked the early years on the throne of his nephew King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa and nephew Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad.  17th August 2018, Issue 1,065. Read more

Bahrain's Economic Performance

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Gulf boundaries and hydrocarbons infrastructure

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The Gulf region: economy and society

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Iraqi Kurdistan hydrocarbons infrastructure map

Revised in January 2015, this map provides a detailed overview of hydrocarbons infrastructure in the Kurdistan area of Iraq.

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Region: Azerbaijan cultivates range of relations

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Progress in Hodeidah but warnings of trouble elsewhere in Yemen

In United Nations-backed talks in Hodeidah in mid-February, a detailed programme of action was agreed to implement a Houthi withdrawal from the port city – the first of the three areas of agreement at the Stockholm peace conference in December. The plan should allow a resumption of humanitarian operations at the port under UN supervision – a critical step if the famine sweeping Yemen is to be tackled – but progress remains painfully slow and Hodeidah remains just one part of a complex arena.

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Khashoggi’s ghost still haunts Saudi policy in Yemen and MBS at home

Try as it might, Saudi Arabia can’t put the murder of Jamal Khashoggi behind it. Four months after the brutal killing in...

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