Middle East
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
Sisi keeps a lid on
16 March 2018
Egyptians face another four years of authoritarian rule
Egypt's gas strategy
16 March 2018
New natural gas coming on stream will boost the country's economy, in the short term
The Qatar boycott: no end in sight
13 March 2018
Diplomatic efforts to end the crisis have stalled, but there's no indication of imminent escalation
Troubled waters ahead in Israel-Lebanon border dispute
8 March 2018
A maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon, and a plan by IOCs to start drilling close to the contested area, are contributing to regional tensions
UAE—all hands on deck
7 March 2018
The country is adopting a new energy identity which gives emirates, other than kingpin Abu Dhabi, greater and more diverse roles
Libya's seesawing oil production
2 March 2018
The head of the country's National Oil Corporation is succeeding in pushing output higher against the odds, only for its ubiquitous militias to push it back down again
UN expresses despair over Yemen
1 March 2018
The outgoing envoy blames all sides for failing to grasp peace opportunities
Qatar rides the storm
23 February 2018
Continuing LNG exports are boosting Qatar's economic resilience in the face of the Saudi-led blockade
Saudi Arabia: jobless on the rise
21 February 2018
The kingdom is struggling to meet its private-sector job-creation targets
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