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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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Al-Shabaab attack exposes failure of US strategy against Al-Qaeda

The images and tales that emerged from Al-Shabaab’s attack on Kenya’s Westgate mall were searingly dreadful. Mothers...

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Syria debate should not hinge on sending a ‘message to Iran’

One of the more bizarre arguments put forward by the Obama administration as it pushed for military intervention in Syria was...

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UAE burnishes diplomatic credentials in Egypt

It’s been a busy summer for Emirati foreign minister Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (ABZ). As Egypt unravels, the UAE has...

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Oman pardons with one hand, arrests with the other

Among more than 200 prisoners pardoned by Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said on the occasion of Renaissance Day on 23...

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Trade ambitions trump concerns over fairness of UAE trial

There was remarkably little international reaction to the UAE’s imprisonment of dozens of government critics on 2 July (GSN...

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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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