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Could repression of Brotherhood work in Qatar’s favour?

The non-executive chairman of the Qatar Investment Fund, Nick Wilson, published an op-ed in Arabian Business on 12 March in...

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Saudi-US relations: from mutual affection to marriage of convenience

The last time US President Barack Obama met King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz in Saudi Arabia, he was on his way to Cairo to...

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Qatar: Labour reform must not stop at the Qatar World Cup

It must have been very frustrating for the Qataris to see the International Labour Organisation (ILO) distance itself from...

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Subsidy reform is essential – however energy efficient the Gulf becomes

The Gulf’s soaring domestic energy consumption – the result of profligate use of natural resources as well as massive...

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MBR demonstrates gulf between UAE and Saudi Arabia

The BBC’s interview with Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR), broadcast on 13 January, nicely...

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Qatar talks with Hizbollah will antagonise Saudis

As Saudi Arabia throws more weight behind the Lebanese army, Qatar – not known for its deference to Riyadh – has been...

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Questions over Iran at the forefront of GCC minds

It has been an eventful year in the Gulf. Against a backdrop of wider regional turmoil – the civil war in Syria and the...

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Britain’s Cameron back on charm offensive in UAE

British Prime Minister David Cameron was back in the UAE for the third time in as many years on 16 November, this time...

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Saudi-US spat: a passing storm or longer term breakdown in alliance?

Saudi Arabia’s decision to relinquish a coveted United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat and a spate of briefings by...

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Can Mayassa’s bold art really change the Qatari landscape?

The British artist Damien Hirst is of course no stranger to controversy. His formaldehyde tiger shark, bejewelled skull,...

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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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