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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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Women join majlis as Saudi Arabia persists with slow-motion reform

It takes time for things to happen in Saudi Arabia. It was back in 2011 that King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz announced women would be appointed to the Majlis Al-Shura, and on 11 January, 30 women duly were.

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Window of opportunity creaks open, but clock is ticking on Iran

The narrative for Iran’s passage from Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s modernising, economically rational nuclear programme of the 1950s-70s to one capable of delivering an atomic bomb has been marked by persistent delays and a profound lack of intelligence – and understanding – of players’ intentions.

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Aramco’s Beijing office a timely reminder of Asia’s rising importance

On 14 November in Beijing, state-owned Saudi Aramco announced the official opening of Aramco Asia, a wholly owned affiliate of Saudi Aramco headquartered in the Chinese capital, and intended to serve as the “business and cultural exchange portal between Saudi Aramco and China”.

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Obama needs to offer Iran a credible resolution to the nuclear dispute

So President Barack Obama is back in the White House, and it is time to get back to work. But the US vote for continuity will not prompt much celebration in the Iranian corridors of power.

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‘Insulted’ Saudi Arabia has little to fear from UK parliament probe

The threat of another British-Saudi row hung in the air this week, as news emerged that Saudi Arabia was “insulted” by a UK parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) decision to review London’s relations with Riyadh.

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Internet’s opposing versions of history feed conflict, not negotiation

The internet has made news more opinionated than ever. With the tools of propaganda so close to hand, every story has become a chain of claim and counter-claim, of accusation and denial.

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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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Saudi interest in Syria shifts towards the Kurdish east

Omani state minister for foreign affairs Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah’s 7 July visit to Damascus was the most high-level...

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Bahrain ‘workshop’ consolidates Trump ties, alienates Arab Street

Bahrain basked in a return to international prominence, as Manama hosted the 25-26 June Peace to Prosperity conference –...

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UAE: MBZ’s emerging legacy: a nation-state forged from conflict

The creation of a “national military ethos” in the UAE, involving Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK) and other northern emirates, has been increasingly observed since GSN began analysing in 2015 the pattern of military deaths in Yemen and growth of nationalist symbolism around ‘martyrs’ of the Yemen conflict. It is a process that continues to gather momentum.

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