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Saudi Arabia: Solar energy on the agenda again

Fears that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s illness could lead to a major internal power struggle within the next, critical few...

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ISIL will be defeated only if we dismantle its appeal

In a season of blood in the Middle East, one incident in particular stood out for many of those observing from the West: the...

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ISIL ‘vision’ is an abuse of history

The picture across the Middle East is somewhat bleak, as GSN heads off for its brief summer break. The conflict in Gaza may...

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Malinowski’s expulsion unlikely to change the status quo in Bahrain

The three-year, slow-burning conflict in Bahrain remains a minor headache to most international governments, in a region full...

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Kurdish future depends on slow political ratchet

Violence is once again tearing Iraq apart. The fall of Mosul did not just mark the terrifying rise of jihadists from the...

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There will be no quick fix in Iraq

The blame game began within hours of Sunni extremists taking Mosul. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki blamed members of...

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Qatar’s World Cup woes: GCC neighbours offer lessons in survival

The positions, or at least the credibility, of some members of the Al-Thani look perilous in the glare of the global scrutiny...

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Bahrain-Britain relations: 200 years and counting

There is still some way to go before the 2016 bicentenary of Bahrain-Britain relations, but the exchange of diplomatic...

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Gulf states try to paper over the cracks

On 23 April, Qatari foreign minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah declared the rift between Doha and other Gulf...

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Bahrain Grand Prix outmanoeuvres political resistance

In 2011, political unrest forced the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix and, each year since, those campaigning for...

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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

Azerbaijan’s capital Baku played host to another group of visiting Gulf officials on 18 March as a Saudi delegation led by...

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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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