Middle East
Saudi Arabia: keeping the lid on
21 September 2017
The recent arrests of around 30 clerics and intellectuals show that the king-in-waiting won’t tolerate dissent
Fuel for the fire in Iraq
7 September 2017
The Iraqi Kurds' quest for independence, to be tested in a forthcoming referendum, will force politicians to face up to the issue of disputed oilfields
Many wings over the Gulf
30 August 2017
The GCC/Qatar crisis is only the latest and most serious case of Gulf oil producers putting sovereignty above regional integration
Now for Iran to get busy
4 August 2017
Rouhani's victory in the presidential elections was good news for Iran's energy sector, but major oil and gas expansion still faces delays
Yemen's oil recovery thwarted by continued conflict
28 July 2017
An attack on an oil pipeline in government-held south of the country underlines the dire predicament of its energy sector
Iraq starts to get grip on security
12 July 2017
Career diplomat Sir Jeremy Greenstock, now chairman of London-based Gatehouse Advisory Partners and of Lambert Energy Advisory, is optimistic about Iraq's future
Russia is planting flags in the Middle East
3 July 2017
Pragmatism and a tolerance for risk are giving Russian energy interests an edge in the region
Russia is welcome in the Middle East—up to a point
3 July 2017
Arabs encourage Russia's economic advances but are wary of political ones
Iraq: more clouds ahead
30 June 2017
The future of contested oilfields is one issue bound up with Iraqi Kurds' independence hopes
Saudi Arabia gets a new next king
21 June 2017
Mohammed bin Salman will have a free hand as the next Saudi king but faces formidable domestic and regional hurdles. Oil policy is one
Arab oil states: the devil's in Opec's data
20 June 2017
The group's latest figures show Gulf oil states' earnings have plummeted, while the region's population keeps rising
Eastern Libya tries to wrest control of oil supply again
15 June 2017
NOC output growth plans threatened by renewed dispute
Troubled waters in the Gulf
14 June 2017
The Qatar crisis has ensured that the region can no longer boast being an oasis of tranquillity
Could the Qatar crisis spike oil prices?
8 June 2017
The market wants to shrug off the Riyadh-Doha spat. It’s a risky position
Qatar: Out in the cold
5 June 2017
The GCC faces an unprecedented crisis as three member states politically and economically ostracise Doha
Fast-track to Saudi Arabia's throne?
5 June 2017
Recent top appointments have increased speculation about the succession, but the overall outlook for the kingdom appears stable
Saudi gain before more pain
5 June 2017
The rescinding of civil servants' pay cuts will not deflect the government from pursuing broad economic reforms
Friends and foes in the Gulf
31 May 2017
GCC: An intra-GCC political row is diverting attention from external economic threats facing the six energy producers
Ties that bind in Turkey
30 May 2017
Energy and economic interdependence between Turkey and the KRG will transcend political crises
Iraq is living dangerously
30 May 2017
The defeat of IS in Mosul will uncover a range of festering political grievances
Middle East tricky energy triangle
30 May 2017
Baghdad's and Erbil's oil-output plans are entwined with political differences and Ankara's strategy to diversify energy sources
Iraq: Time to quit smoking
17 May 2017
The elimination of pollution from gas flaring in southern Iraq is becoming an election issue
Libya's unending oil war
10 April 2017
As the latest battle in the Sirte basin shows, Libya's output recovery remains hostage to the country's politics
Libya's east ups the ante
10 April 2017
Haftar's recapture of the oil crescent and the GNA's disintegration have prompted renewed efforts by Tobruk to sell its own oil
Arab summit: Turning a blind eye
30 March 2017
Arab leaders meeting in Jordan failed to address the critical economic challenges facing the region
Lebanon's muted celebrations
17 March 2017
IOCs' wariness takes the shine off Lebanon's first licensing round