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Iranians challenge a system that knows only a zero-sum game

The sudden fuel price rises imposed overnight on 14/15 November which sparked a wave of protests that swept across Iran, and...

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Saudi Arabia: Signs of a Yemeni ceasefire indicate Riyadh’s changing approach

The decision by President Donald Trump to effectively refrain from intervening in a meaningful way in Middle East affairs –...

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Saudi Arabia: Risks and rewards as Saudi Aramco share sale gears up

Speculation has been mounting that the Saudi government is set to move forward with the long-planned initial public offering...

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Anti-graft drive offers Saudi crown prince respite from foreign critics

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS)’s reputation may still suffer on (parts of) the international stage as a result of...

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Gulf leaders air grievances and score points at UN assembly

The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly began on 17 September and ran on until the end of the month. As ever,...

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Al-Salem branch shouldn’t be written out of Kuwaiti succession

With further concerns about the health of Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, following his admission to hospital...

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MBS era rollercoaster ride of reformist highs and murderous lows

The entertainment revolution promised by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS)’s Vision 2030 will bring the world’s...

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Saudi Arabia: MoD transformation falters

Three years into an ambitious plan to transform the Ministry of Defence (MoD)’s operational effectiveness, the programme is...

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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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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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