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Energised Islamists push for greater policing of ‘morality’ in Kuwait

Kuwait, like many Gulf states, has been grappling with how best to deal with social-networking sites such as Twitter, which have given wings to dissent that in the past would not have left the realms of private conversation.

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It is how weapons are used, not where they come from, that counts

Sweden’s defence minister quit last week after outcry at government plans to help Saudi Arabia build a weapons plant.

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Are Bashir’s visits to Qatar and Saudi Arabia a signal to Bashar?

It should come as no surprise that Sudan’s internationally wanted President Omar Al-Bashir visited Qatar and Saudi Arabia in early March, where he was welcomed with an open disregard for the arrest warrant issued for him by the International Criminal Court (which the United Nations has urged even nonsignatory countries to co-operate with).

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Shifting Saudi policy goals may raise benchmark for crude markets

Markets seemed to like it when, some two years ago, King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz set an informal benchmark for global oil prices by suggesting a level of $70-80/bbl was “fair”.

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Dubai’s top team re-emerges from debt nightmare

Plenty of financial issues remain to be resolved, and analysts observe that Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR) is still less prominent on the world stage than he was before becoming UAE premier in 2006.

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Qatar’s soft power strengthens global influence

Qatar’s soft power strengthens global influence

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China shifts towards GCC as Iran’s isolation deepens

China shifts towards GCC as Iran’s isolation deepens

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Abrasive leadership and urban terror mark difficult transition in Iraq

Abrasive leadership and urban terror mark difficult transition in Iraq

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Bahrain walks a tightrope in wake of inquiry into crackdown

Bahrain walks a tightrope in wake of inquiry into crackdown

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Advantage Erbil: ExxonMobil deal springs from new Iraqi tensions

Advantage Erbil: ExxonMobil deal springs from new Iraqi tensions

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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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