Middle East
Map: Libya's conflict
16 January 2020
This regularly updated map shows the ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of the territory and oil of Libya
Turkey’s dual Libya objectives
14 January 2020
Moscow’s cooperation with Ankara in seeking a Libya peace deal implies Russian acceptance of Turkey’s controversial East Med maritime border claims
A long way to go for Aramco
14 January 2020
The successful initial domestic listing of Saudi Aramco cannot disguise potential challenges—not least security and geopolitical threats—facing the IPO further down the line
Mena: a region of backhanders
13 January 2020
A new book identifies corruption as a major factor holding back Middle East and North Africa (Mena) development —not least in oil-exporting states
Iran-US conflict: more to come?
9 January 2020
With the US’s killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the risk of attacks on Mena oil infrastructure is likely to increase
US lobs a grenade into a box of fireworks
3 January 2020
Washington and Tehran may consider their next moves after drone kills top Iranian general, but restraint is the likeliest casualty
US withdrawal stirs the Middle East
2 January 2020
Long-term adversaries are re-evaluating their allegiances in the wake of the US policy shift in the region
East Med juggles win/losses and win/wins
2 January 2020
Rivalry continues to impact energy projects across the region. But collaboration will be essential to achieve economic potential
Saudi Arabia grapples with geopolitical change
27 December 2019
The Crown Prince will continue to consolidate his control. But he must contend with unpredictable US foreign policy and shifting political alliances
Conflict threatens Libyan oil sector’s long-term stability
27 December 2019
Civil war endangers the state-owned oil company’s ability to maintain crude production and threatens the collapse of the entire sector
Mounting sanctions squeeze Iranian exports
19 December 2019
The country’s oil sector and economy will continue to feel the suffocating effects of US sanctions
Turkey pushes East Mediterranean boundaries
9 December 2019
The Erdogan regime’s maritime border agreement with Libya can only serve to ramp up regional tensions
Saudi oil diversification hits turbulence
1 December 2019
Vision 2030 spearhead PIF damaged by high profile investment setbacks at key MbS ally Softbank
Egypt’s stability rests on economic gains
28 November 2019
Unless Cairo can consolidate economic progress, upcoming elections could become a focal point for mass protests
Opec down but not out
22 November 2019
A new history of Opec says the organisation is being undermined in part by the ambitions of national oil companies
Oman LNG debottlenecking yields results
21 November 2019
Oman’s thriving gas sector is set to receive a further boost to both upstream and downstream investment
GCC moves to mend Qatar rift
21 November 2019
There are strong indications that Saudi Arabia and the UAE intend to normalise relations with Qatar
Chalk one up for MbS
21 November 2019
The Aramco IPO may fall short of his talismanic figure, but an anticipated result of the largest ever public offering is a rare win for the prince
Aramco IPO part of a bigger plan
15 November 2019
The Saudi state-owned producer is aiming for a formidable network of midstream and downstream assets
KRG keeps registering growth
8 November 2019
Isolated from instability in the south, the pioneers of the north’s independent oil industry are quietly pushing ahead
Domestic only—the key aspect of Aramco IPO
6 November 2019
The state energy giant’s decision to proceed with a share sale is no surprise, but the lack of an international listing is a crucial point
Oil and trouble in the Gulf
24 October 2019
Gulf producers learn that regional instability no longer guarantees high oil prices
Libya’s oil caught in the middle
22 October 2019
Instability continues to derail oil authorities’ attempts to persuade IOCs to return
Putin re-energises Russia’s Mid-East Gulf ties
21 October 2019
The deals thus far are mostly modest, but the Russian president’s Gulf visit laid the ground for wider cooperation
Saudi Arabia’s bear hug
18 October 2019
The kingdom is strengthening its ties with Russia as it nervously watches US political developments
Egypt-Israel gas deal expands in scope
10 October 2019
Gas-rich Egypt may need regional supply to meet growing domestic demand and export aspirations in the medium-to-long-term