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Saudi Arabia: Dynastic manoeuvres

The appointments made via dozens of decrees late last month sent Saudi-watchers of varying degrees of sophistication into...

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Rouhani prepares to take on hardliners to retain power in Iran

Shifting global political arithmetic seems to have fed into a shift in Iranian political calculations – as had been...

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Iraq: Baghdad and allies look beyond Mosul to save Iraq

Chastened by the failure of past stabilisation and state-building efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, military leaders in Europe...

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US, Gulf leaders divided over terrorist designation for Brotherhood

Reports from the United States, based on leaks from numerous government sources, suggest the Trump administration is...

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Bahrain: Bleak outlook for the opposition

It is six years since Bahrainis followed the lead of North African protestors who had launched the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’...

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Speculation mounts over Omani finances, succession and Saudi relations

The Ministry of Finance in Muscat has been forced to deny a report by the Reuters news wire that the sultanate has held talks...

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Trump’s domestic priorities may weigh heavy on Gulf economies

While governments around the Gulf struggle to come to terms with what the looming Donald Trump presidency might mean for them...

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Court cases expose Western allies’ differences over Iran sanctions

The result of the United States’ presidential election has put in doubt the future of the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive...

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Obituary: Emir Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani, 1932-2016

The former emir of Qatar, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani, died on 23 October at the age of 84. He ruled Qatar from 1972...

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Big business helps Iranian clerics, IRGC to dig in for the long term

An election victory next May seems to be Presidential Hassan Rouhani’s to lose, but the big winners on the Iranian business...

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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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Region: Azerbaijan cultivates range of relations

Azerbaijan’s capital Baku played host to another group of visiting Gulf officials on 18 March as a Saudi delegation led by...

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Progress in Hodeidah but warnings of trouble elsewhere in Yemen

In United Nations-backed talks in Hodeidah in mid-February, a detailed programme of action was agreed to implement a Houthi withdrawal from the port city – the first of the three areas of agreement at the Stockholm peace conference in December. The plan should allow a resumption of humanitarian operations at the port under UN supervision – a critical step if the famine sweeping Yemen is to be tackled – but progress remains painfully slow and Hodeidah remains just one part of a complex arena.

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Khashoggi’s ghost still haunts Saudi policy in Yemen and MBS at home

Try as it might, Saudi Arabia can’t put the murder of Jamal Khashoggi behind it. Four months after the brutal killing in...

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