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Gulf leaders’ ‘go it alone’ approach’ spells trouble for the region

The political situation around the Middle East may be as bad as any time in recent memory, but there is the potential for...

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Stability critical, but Bahrain’s crackdown threatens new instability

The Bahrain government appears unwavering in its determination to crush what is left of the country’s peaceful opposition...

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UAE withdraws troops, leaves Saudi Arabia to run Yemen conflict

Two days after the UAE Armed Forces suffered two separate fatal aircraft crashes, minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar...

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Charity, civil society begin at the top in highly centralised polities

To what extent could Gulf polities become more pluralist and different groups, like Christian congregations, Asian workers...

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Saudi Arabia: ‘Unsatisfactory’ electricity and water minister sacked

This much we know about regional diplomacy. Led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states will...

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It’s crunch time for reform measures as Kuwaiti oil workers strike

Providing secure and lucrative public sector employment has been an important means of wealth distribution and social control...

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Signs of strain in UAE reflected in Abu Dhabi-RAK tensions

Reports are emerging of potentially serious strains in the UAE federation, linked to realignments in the domestic political...

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Iranian reformists re-emerge riding electoral winds of change

The results released so far of elections on 26 February to the Majles-e Showra-ye Eslami (Islamic Consultative Assembly or...

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GCC downgrades point to rising pressure on Opec economies

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) on 17 February downgraded Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain, which the ratings agency said...

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Gas-guzzlers adopt a green agenda to promote ‘energy transition’

The region’s more enlightened leaders and corporate players knew radical change was coming to the global energy industry...

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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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