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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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Iran realities weigh heavy on Rouhani and reformist ambitions

There were broad smiles around the Majles-e Showra-ye Eslami (Islamic Consultative Assembly or parliament) chamber as...

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With an expedient whimper, the UK unveils Brotherhood report

A truncated version of the UK government’s long-awaited report into Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood or MB),...

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Oman goes to polls for a Majlis that could be more assertive

Critics have plenty of ammunition when they complain that Oman’s 85-member Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council) lacks...

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Kuwait offers projects and processes as it reaches out to investors

Kuwait is not going to change decades-old habits overnight, but that doesn’t mean it cannot enact positive change –...

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Kuwait offers projects and processes as it reaches out to investors

Kuwait is not going to change decades-old habits overnight, but that doesn’t mean it cannot enact positive change –...

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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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