Middle East
More Libyan war
7 February 2018
The civil conflict will continue, sabotaging efforts to stabilise oil output
Libya's high stakes
7 February 2018
Freeing NOC of political interference is essential if the country and its oil sector are to prosper in 2018
Middle East's elusive olive branch
5 February 2018
While diplomatic efforts to end conflicts may intensify, success will be in short supply
Uneasy neighbours
5 February 2018
Strains within the GCC and shifting external alliances will make for an unsettled year
Iraqi Kurdistan—back to square one
5 February 2018
The independence vote heralded political and economic disaster. Existential uncertainty now faces the region's oil sector
More Iraqi oil
5 February 2018
The federal government will put all output and exports under its control, while boosting capacity
Iran's brakes off
2 February 2018
The Islamic Republic's ambitious oil and gas schemes will make progress against the background threat of more sanctions
Saudi Arabia—on with the lid
23 January 2018
The kingdom will experience austerity and social reform, and clamp down on corruption and dissent
Iraqi Kurdistan sinking fast
11 January 2018
The future of the KRI's oil sector is uncertain, with the federal government determined to bring all the country's production and exports back under its wing
Iraqi Kurdistan's wrong turn
11 January 2018
Burdened by political and economic crises at home, the autonomous region faces difficult talks with a newly confident federal government in Baghdad
Iran's oil sector unfazed by protests
2 January 2018
A lack of clarity about the origins and aims of the country's demonstrations make predictions for their outcome difficult. But, for now, the energy industry is unscathed
Saudi Arabia: Into the unknown
15 December 2017
The crown prince’s domestic and regional policies are taking the kingdom along several new and uncharted paths
Egypt: Clearer thinking
13 December 2017
The country has committed itself to reducing the volume of associated gas that’s flared at oilfields
Qatar keeps calm, carries on
7 December 2017
The crisis is hurting the GCC as a whole, economically and politically, while the targeted country is hanging on
Yemen’s body blow
5 December 2017
The country’s energy sector faces yet more paralysis as its crisis deepens
Iraq—the end of the beginning
16 November 2017
Iraq's army has retaken Kurdish-controlled areas around Kirkuk in the north, while neighbouring states are considering their long-term response to the independence referendum
Libya's meddling militias
14 November 2017
Violence and political disputes are preventing Libya's oil production settling back to pre-conflict levels
Saudi Arabia: Royal round-up
6 November 2017
In consolidating his hold on power, Crown Prince Mohammed will have alienated dozens of senior princes
KRG: Cold-shouldered
24 October 2017
As Iraq consolidates its control of recaptured land and resources in and around Kirkuk, the KRG is looking increasingly isolated
Iraq: In for the long haul
19 October 2017
The recapture of Kirkuk was swift, but the Baghdad-Erbil crisis is far from over
Reflections on the Gulf
10 October 2017
Based on personal memories, Gerald Butt evokes the atmosphere in the Gulf at the dawn of the oil boom era
Iran deals: The devil's in the details
26 September 2017
Firms contemplating business in the country must still cross a minefield of complex US regulations
How much longer can Libya's NOC defy political gravity?
26 September 2017
Output has soared and the state firm is targeting another 30% increase by year-end. Politics remains the big obstacle
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