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Syria/Yemen:‘Too hard’ politics just got worse, global response needed

The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) monarchies have emerged as significant regional players in the past decade, reflected in...

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Mohammed Bin Salman provides a focus for Saudi disquiet

Even before the disaster in Mecca that killed at least 769 people on 24 September, a “definite sense of disquiet” was...

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GSN View: The challenges of transition and conflict

The Mena region’s polities are very different from the post-colonial nation states and newly independent emirates created...

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Iraq: Erdogan’s military intervention adds to volatile Kurdish dynamics

The Turkish Air Force (THK)’s bombing of positions held by Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh) in Iraq, which opened on...

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Sisi hammers the Brotherhood, barters troops for Gulf finance

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi shows no sign of relenting in his campaign to totally subjugate the Muslim...

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Gulf states playing a dangerous game in Syria

The bombing of two Shia mosques in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia on consecutive Fridays in May (GSN 994/1)...

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Qatar’s World Cup headache just won’t go away

The late May eruption of a bribery scandal at world football governing body Fifa, which has been bubbling for years, is just...

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Saudi Arabia: Salman’s absence from summit symbolised generational transition

In the days preceding the US-Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) summit (see page 1), attention focused largely on who would –...

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Qatar rides its economic miracle despite budgetary pressures

Even if its published national accounts are the sole criteria for assessing the emirate’s wealth – and they may not...

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Saudis look set to dig in on oil prices

Some firming of oil prices was to be expected, given the Saudi-led coalition’s assault on Yemen and surging violence in...

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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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