MBS’s anti-terrorism alliance is finally launched

The Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), a group now consisting of 41 countries that was announced by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and defence minister Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) in December 2015, finally held its inaugural meeting on 26 November in Riyadh. The half-day event held under the theme ‘allied against terrorism’ marked the official launch of the organisation, which promises to co-ordinate efforts against terrorism in terms of ideology, communications, financing and military action. Issue 1049 30 November 2017 Read More

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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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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Iran: Greater security, more confidence in region

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