Middle East
Egypt wears the East Med LNG crown
20 June 2018
With production rising fast and other East Med countries looking for markets, Egypt is hoping that its LNG plants will soon come into their own
Iraq's energy sector needs political deal
20 June 2018
Approval of plans to expand Iraq’s oil output and export capacity awaits the formation of a new cabinet, following May’s inconclusive election results
Map: Libya's conflict
19 June 2018
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya.
Yemen war enters dangerous new phase
13 June 2018
The Saudi-led coalition has embarked on a high-risk strategy to force the Houthis to the negotiating table
Iran looks to Asia for sanction relief
13 June 2018
European firms will be wary of doing business with Iran under US sanctions, but China and India are among states which won’t back off
China goes for gas in Iran
5 June 2018
Beijing glimpses a Middle East energy consolidation, by replacing France's Total in South Pars gas expansion venture
Iraq: let the bargaining begin
22 May 2018
As Iraq settles in for the sizzling summer heat, the political temperature looks set to stay high well into autumn and possibly winter as well
Iraqi oil's 15 bloody years
15 May 2018
Gary Vogler's memoir of post-invasion Iraq gives context to the many challenges the country still faces
Saudis claim diplomatic victory on Iran
11 May 2018
The kingdom says Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal vindicates its long-standing regional strategy
Iran importers face sanctions shell game
10 May 2018
Trump’s sanctions plan lacks international support for now, but importers will nonetheless have to adapt
A new behemoth or the reform Iraq needs?
8 May 2018
Parliament has passed a law to re-create Iraq National Oil Company. It faces opposition
Total's new MENA adventures
8 May 2018
The company is set to benefit from shale in the Middle East despite having shunned it elsewhere
Iraq pushes for fresh oil expansion
4 May 2018
Despite hurdles, energy sector ambitions abound
Iraq's big rebuilding project
1 May 2018
Damage to the country has been severe. The recovery needs lots of money and willing investors
Opec and oil market dynamics
27 April 2018
Opec's goal of defending high oil prices may suit some members in the short run, but its long-term impacts could be damaging
Yemen: the lessons of history
26 April 2018
Ginny Hill's book paints the turbulent historical backdrop to the current war in Yemen
Lebanon: reconstruction or destruction?
26 April 2018
Having secured more than $11bn in international loans and grants, the Beirut government is hoping its economic plans aren't blown away by another war
Syria: ruthless business as usual
18 April 2018
The joint US-UK-French strikes on chemicals targets in Syria won’t affect the war—but they could damage Trump's image in the region
Algeria's expansion strategy
12 April 2018
The country's energy sector has big ideas for the future—if the creaking political establishment will approve them
Saudi Aramco looks far and wide
12 April 2018
The Saudi state oil company seeks new joint venture opportunities across the energy chain
Saudi economy sends mixed signals
5 April 2018
While the overall economy is picking up, Saudis are feeling the pinch from subsidy cuts
Houthis turn up the heat on Saudi coalition
28 March 2018
Saudi Arabia is considering its response after intercepting seven missiles launched from Yemeni soil
Qatar keeps on keeping on
21 March 2018
With the energy sector operating normally, the country is adjusting to life under sanctions
The Gulf stare down continues
21 March 2018
Tension between the nations is high, but war doesn't appear to be on the cards, despite escalating Saudi rhetoric
The West endorses Saudi crown prince
20 March 2018
MbS’s first visits to the UK and US as crown prince show acceptance there that he’ll be the next Saudi king. But not all Saudis are happy
Saudi options in Yemen exhausted
20 March 2018
The country's disintegration is matched by growing difficulties in envisioning a peace deal