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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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US’ grand strategies upset by asymmetric opponents

Washington’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) opens with a preamble, signed by Barack Obama – a president burnishing...

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There will never be a good time to cut subsidies

As the low price of a barrel of oil begins to tip the fiscal balances of countries across the Gulf region, there is a cogent...

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Charlie Hebdo free speech debate is an opportunity to push for reform

The hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia sending minister of state for foreign affairs Nizar Bin Obaid Madani to France to take part in...

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A year overshadowed by threat from Sunni extremists

No one expected a quiet year in the Gulf, given the ongoing conflicts and ugly groundswell of sectarianism throughout the...

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Kuwait: Commodifying citizenship will not solve bidoon problem

In early November, Kuwait’s assistant undersecretary for citizenship and passport affairs, Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah,...

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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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More stable oil prices could reduce budget problems in 2019

The oil price remains volatile, but ministries of finance may take comfort in the views of their hydrocarbons sector...

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Weak Saudi investment flows point to economic trouble ahead

Away from the spin and razzmatazz of last month’s Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, analysts are...

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Consultants face scrutiny but are locked into their Saudi business

As Turkey drags out the aftermath of the Jamal Khashoggi affair and Saudi Arabia responds by seeking culprits higher up the...

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28-29 January

Middle East and North Africa Energy 2019

Chatham House, London

5 February

GCC Energy Strategy Forum

JW Marriott Hotel, Kuwait City

19-20 February

The Solar Show MENA

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, Egypt

5-7 March

Middle East Electricity

Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE

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