GSN special reports are the product of continuous expert monitoring and a superb network of correspondents and sources that extends across the Gulf.
Our current titles include:
King Salman's Accession
This 10-page special report, originally published within GSN Issue 986, analyses the winners and losers in King Salman's new government, the new balance of power within the Al-Saud and the likely impact on domestic, energy and foreign policies – including GCC relations, and policies towards US, Syria, Iran and Yemen.
Published 5 February 2015. Read more
Risk Management Report 2015
GSN’s annual New Year assessment of the political and economic factors that impact on the region includes individual reports and revised full-page maps for the GCC, its member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE) plus Iran, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan and Yemen.
Published January 2015. Read More
Kuwait: Al Sabah family tree and succession
This report includes a one-page analysis article and a one-page family tree showing the key players and relationships between the main branches of the Al-Sabah family.
Revised 27 November 2014. Read more
Oman: Al-Said family tree and succession analysis
This report includes a two and a half page analysis article on succession issues and a half-page Al-Said family tree.
Revised 13 November 2014. Read more
Anatomy of the Al-Saud
A detailed and extensive report listing key members of the Al-Saud to help explain the complex family relationships that underpin business and politics throughout the kingdom.
Published August 2014. Read more
Tamim’s Qatar - a year of consolidation
In this special report, GSN reviews Tamim’s first year, considering the economy, domestic and foreign politics, the energy sector, the non-oil sector, infrastructure development, international investment, and the young emir’s ‘vision’ for his country.
Published July 2014. Read more
UAE: Al-Nahyan succession report
Following Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed’s 24 January stroke, attention has turned to succession. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) is expected to be the UAE’s third president, with his full brother Hazza as the next crown prince. To a large extent, MBZ – and the small, trusted circle around him – have already assumed power.
This five-page report collects articles and an Al-Nahyan family tree, originally published in GSN Issue 963.
Published February 2014. Read more
Merchant Family Series: United Arab Emirates's Al-Futtaim family
This 12-page report highlights the risks and opportunities associated with the Al-Futtaim. It explains how politics and business combined to create an immense family fortune. It reveals, for example, how the family played a key role in infrastructure projects that have defined Dubai (such as the Maktoum Bridge), and continues to be involved in mega-projects today.
Published 14 May 2013. Read more
Merchant Family Series: Oman's Zawawi family
The Zawawi family is one of the biggest players in Oman’s business landscape; anyone doing business in the sultanate is very likely to find him or herself either a competitor or partner of a Zawawi business. This 12 page report, the first of CbI’s Merchant Family series, takes a close look at the family, examining where it came from and where it is going, considering its historical roots and the sources of its significant wealth. It looks at the assets the family controls, providing profiles of Zawawi businesses, as well as biographies of the key personalities.
Published 7 January 2013. Read more