Middle East
Keeping the lid on Iraq
14 February 2017
Reviving the Kuwait sovereignty issue would be disastrous for Iraq
What happens when Mosul falls?
7 December 2016
The battle for the city is the prelude to wider struggles for political influence in the region and control of northern Iraqi oil production
Tumult/Reform in the Middle East
1 December 2016
Weak oil prices hung over the region in 2016, a year of more war but also some efforts at renewal
Iran - the great return: part two
28 November 2016
Iran's energy sector is making progress, but political threats are lingering
After Mosul
28 November 2016
Competing claims for northern Iraq will leave the post-IS settlement rife with new geopolitical risks
Iraq - over the worst
28 November 2016
Iraqi oil output has continued to rise despite turmoil in the north. Further growth will be more difficult
Saudi Arabia - shifting sands
24 November 2016
The end of Saudi Arabia's market-share strategy and efforts to restructure its economy – while keeping subjects happy – make 2017 a pivotal year for the kingdom
Fragility in Iraqi oil
4 November 2016
Iraq is heading towards 2017 overwhelmed by security, political and economic uncertainties, any of which could negatively affect the oil sector
Iraq cobbles together an oil deal
12 October 2016
Erbil and Baghdad have struck an agreement on exports through Turkey, though many of the old problems could still ruin it
Strangled development in Gaza and Lebanon
3 October 2016
Lebanon and Gaza both hold commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. But regional politics are still stifling progress
Iraq’s oil in the maelstrom
6 September 2016
Against the background of fiscal constraint imposed by low global oil prices, Iraq's oil and gas industry has become a victim of IS violence and a dispute among politicians in Baghdad that is paralysing the federal government
Time for settlement
6 September 2016
Economic disorder, sectarian strife and the northern oil dispute continue to threaten Iraq’s integrity. Only political unity can solve the country’s many problems
Light in the darkness for Yemen?
27 July 2016
Yemen’s energy sector is trying to emerge from al-Qaida’s rule and a broader civil conflict. It is a slow process
Kuwait's big plans, tricky politics
3 June 2016
Kuwait still hopes production will rise considerably between now and the end of the decade, but must overcome a number of hurdles
Saudi Vision 2030: take it seriously
3 June 2016
The plan aims to transform the kingdom. It won’t be easy, but no one should doubt the commitment
Business as usual for the Saudi economy
3 June 2016
Whatever Mohammed bin Salman says, oil will remain central to the Saudi economy for the coming years
Saudi Arabia's revolutionary vanguard
3 June 2016
Deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is the face of the new Saudi Arabia. But who else is running the kingdom?
The kingdom's new oil chief
11 May 2016
Khalid al-Falih is now the man who will oversee the sweeping strategic changes underway in Saudi oil and energy policy
Gloom falls on Kurdish oil
28 April 2016
Iraq’s autonomous northern province had bold energy plans, but mounting debts, conflict and subterranean trouble are taking their toll
An oil-free Saudi Arabia?
27 April 2016
Deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has caused a stir by saying he wants Saudi Arabia to end its “addiction” to oil. Can the Kingdom really do this?
Will Iraq’s federal government survive?
20 April 2016
Years of mismanagement and corruption are catching up with the Iraqi government. Prime minister Heider al-Abadi’s administration is hanging on by a thread
Oil prices and Naimi chill the Houston air
9 March 2016
The great and the good of the industry gathered in Texas for IHS Ceraweek. It wasn’t a happy affair
Yemen’s collapse as an energy producer
2 March 2016
Conflict and unrest has hit the country’s oil output by more than 90% in just six years
Iran vote leaves upstream opening on track
2 March 2016
The elections damaged the hardliners and opponents of the nuclear deal. But their influence has not been eliminated and wider regional rivalries remain intact
Slower than thought
19 February 2016
Politics, uncertainties over contract terms and physical constraints will cap the speed of Iranian oil’s revival