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Levant has grounds to fear destabilisation from Saudi activism

The 3 January presentation of diplomatic credentials by the new Saudi and Lebanese ambassadors, Walid Al-Yaacoub and Fawzi...

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Firm oil prices give scope for more balanced economic decisions

Few can feel comfortable in a region where Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries will need to borrow some $148bn next...

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Bahrain could reopen old wounds with Qatar territorial dispute

A 4 November announcement by the state Bahrain News Agency (BNA) has thrown into doubt the kingdom’s continued acceptance...

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Saudi Arabia: Riyadh’s power play pivots Beirut back into a political vacuum

Saad Hariri’s extended sojourn in Riyadh, widely believed to be at King Salman Bin Abelaziz’s pleasure – or rather...

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Iran: Greater security, more confidence in region

While US President Donald Trump’s administration and his supporters in Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama like to portray Iran as...

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Aramco IPO doubts cast further gloom over Saudi reform plans

In the run-up to the latest effort to establish Saudi Arabia’s credentials as a forward-looking hub for investment, clouds...

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Saudi Arabia: Driving reforms and resistance

The decision by King Salman Bin Abdelaziz to lift the ban on women drivers is a deeply symbolic development for the kingdom...

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Saudi Arabia: National transition in question

Away from the breathless tones of Saudi-boosters and investors looking to make a big killing around the Saudi Aramco listing...

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Yemen: Alliances shift, violence is constant

The Yemen conflict, and its complex blend of local and regional alliances, seems to be shifting into a new phase, which does...

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Qatar banks on mastery of soft power to keep Saudi tanks at bay

The impending E222m ($261m) transfer of Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior has set the club he has played...

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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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