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Opportunity beckons for Syria despite Cold War flashbacks

The shooting down of a Russian combat aircraft over Turkey on 24 November is a dangerous – if predictable (GSN 1,002/14)...

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Iraqi Kurds a solid ally against IS but critical concerns remain

Confronted with an interlocking set of security, political and economic crises, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has responded...

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Opportunity beckons for Syria despite Cold War flashbacks

The shooting down of a Russian combat aircraft over Turkey on 24 November is a dangerous – if predictable (GSN 1,002/14)...

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Kuwait offers projects and processes as it reaches out to investors

Kuwait is not going to change decades-old habits overnight, but that doesn’t mean it cannot enact positive change –...

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Oman goes to polls for a Majlis that could be more assertive

Critics have plenty of ammunition when they complain that Oman’s 85-member Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council) lacks...

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Syria/Yemen:‘Too hard’ politics just got worse, global response needed

The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) monarchies have emerged as significant regional players in the past decade, reflected in...

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Mohammed Bin Salman provides a focus for Saudi disquiet

Even before the disaster in Mecca that killed at least 769 people on 24 September, a “definite sense of disquiet” was...

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GSN View: The challenges of transition and conflict

The Mena region’s polities are very different from the post-colonial nation states and newly independent emirates created...

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Iraq: Erdogan’s military intervention adds to volatile Kurdish dynamics

The Turkish Air Force (THK)’s bombing of positions held by Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh) in Iraq, which opened on...

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Sisi hammers the Brotherhood, barters troops for Gulf finance

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi shows no sign of relenting in his campaign to totally subjugate the Muslim...

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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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Kuwait struggles to adjust to impact of Covid-19 and low oil

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to override all other issues in Kuwait. While the initial response to the...

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GCC’s coronavirus and other crises offer an opportunity for Iran

The Gulf Co-operation Council states are in a more delicate and divided condition than they have been for decades – a set...

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Coronavirus and oil crisis present MBS with unprecedented tests

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has worked hard to remove any possibility of political opposition emerging from within Al-Saud ranks over the past five years. This campaign has involved several bouts of locking up senior family members, with the clear backing of his father King Salman, most notably in November 2017 but most recently in March when Princes Ahmed Bin Abdelaziz and Mohammed Bin Nayef were moved from house arrest to prison.

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