Middle East
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
Deepening conflict in Libyan oil heartland threatens output
7 March 2017
Islamic militias widen their influence, endangering production
Transition time in the Gulf
1 March 2017
Fearful of American shale and electric cars, GCC states want to lessen their oil-revenue dependence
Israeli gas plans move tentatively ahead
27 February 2017
Geopolitics could harm Leviathan export prospects just as the signs are looking good
After Qaboos
27 February 2017
The sultan hasn't picked a successor, creating uncertainties just when the country needs to perk up its economy and find jobs for its youth
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