Yemen: Hadi battles setbacks as allies contemplate succession

Following recent setbacks for the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the central Al-Dhale province and on Socotra, where control has been seized from the national government by forces loyal to the separatist Southern Transition Council (STC), Hadi has been trying to push back and regain some momentum. On 22 May, the Riyadh-based president wrote to United Nations secretary-general António Guterres with a series of complaints about UN special envoy Martin Griffiths, including “his insistence on dealing with the Houthis as a de facto government”. 6th June, Issue 1082. Read more

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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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