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ACPRA case a stark reminder of Saudi political repression

On 28 May, a lawyer for two of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent civil rights activists – Mohammed Al-Qahtani and Abdullah Al-Hamid – filed an appeal against the hefty prison sentences they were given in March for charges including disobeying the ruler and inciting disorder (GSN 943/8). Al-Qahtani and Al-Hamid are two of the 11 founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), which was set up in 2009.

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Say it with horses: Gulf and British royals at the races

King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa’s gift of two Bahraini pure-bred Arabian horses to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of the 2013 Royal Windsor Horse Show, is the latest in a long line of equine exchanges to bond the horse-loving royals of the Gulf and Britain.

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New Kuwait media law is a step backwards

On 24 April, Kuwait’s prime minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, met some of the country’s leading editors, and – following a “candid, frank and expanded meeting” (in the words of state news agency Kuna) – put the brakes on a controversial media law, which in its current state would seriously undermine press freedom.

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A dozen bombs? It’s a good day in Iraq

On 20 April, Iraq held its first countrywide elections since the withdrawal of US troops in late 2011. The vote for provincial councils, widely touted as a litmus test for Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki ahead of parliamentary elections in 2014, was seen also as a test of how well Iraq’s political institutions and security forces could handle nationwide polls.

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Understanding Al-Saud genealogy as important as ever in Saudi history

Any discussion of Saudi politics and business quickly turns to questions about the influence of Al-Saud princes and other key players in the royal pecking order, and who will succeed King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz.

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LSE’s problems highlight wider questions for underfunded academics

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) finds itself at the centre of another Gulf-related crisis. Following the furore triggered by the UAE’s decision to stop LSE academic Kristian Coates Ulrichsen from discussing Bahrain at the American University of Sharjah, the university has now cancelled a major Gulf conference planned for London on 25-26 March.

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Ten years after the Iraq invasion, the GSN 2003 archive opens to general readership

To mark the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, and to give wider public access to some of our reporting and analysis, GSN has unlocked the archive of its newsletters published in 2003.

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Iran, Palestine and Syria: an axis of trouble Washington cannot ignore

US secretary of state John Kerry’s get-to-know-you tour of Europe and the Gulf spelled out the extent of the challenges facing US policy in President Barack Obama’s second term.

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Bahrain needs negotiations, not dialogue

Anniversaries are by their nature retrospective. As Bahraini opposition MPs gathered for a seminar in Britain’s House of Lords on 12 February – one of many events marking the two years that have passed since the start of the small island’s uprising – the mood was one of remembrance, not expectation.

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Exxon told to pick its side in dispute between Erbil and Baghdad

It may finally be crunch time in Iraq for ExxonMobil, which in late 2011 led the charge north when it became the first major to sign a contract for exploration blocks in Iraqi Kurdistan. After months of back and forth, and meetings between chairman Rex Tillerson and (separately) Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and Kurdish Prime Minister Massoud Barzani on 21 and 22 January

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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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Iraq works to rebuild GCC ties as Iranian balancing act gets harder

Rarely short of a timely quote, President Barham Salih told a recent interviewer that “Iraq is coming back to the...

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Iraq works to rebuild GCC ties as Iranian balancing act gets harder

Rarely short of a timely quote, President Barham Salih told a recent interviewer that “Iraq is coming back to the...

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Saudi Arabia: Fall-out over Khashoggi murder hits intelligence consultants

The continuing impact of the Jamal Khashoggi murder on Saudi relations with western countries shows little signs of abating....

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