Middle East
Hormuz threats lose their sting
13 November 2020
As Gulf states progress bypass projects, time runs down on Iran’s sabre-rattling
Book review: Water threatens to disrupt Iraqi-Kurdish-Turkish relations
10 November 2020
Diminishing sources of clean water and rising demand could increase tension between Baghdad and Erbil, as well as Baghdad and Ankara, a new book says
Election blow to Cyprus gas prospects
30 October 2020
The emergence of a new Turkish Cypriot leader with close ties to Ankara is likely to worsen offshore tensions
Lebanon targets gas and aid
26 October 2020
The crisis-hit nation dreams of better diplomatic relations to help boost its crippled economy and unlock a gas bonanza. But dreams they may remain
Kadhimi woos Washington
1 September 2020
The new Iraqi premier is leveraging the US administration’s loathing for Iran to secure energy investments
Turkey doubles down on upstream adventurism
21 August 2020
Ankara extends timeframes of controversial activities off the Greek and Cypriot coasts, upping the chances of military confrontation
Turkey’s ambitions have imperial echoes
4 August 2020
Facing the challenge of a domestic economic crisis, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that successful military interventions in the surrounding region will foster nationalist solidarity
Letter from the Middle East: NOCs juggle priorities
8 July 2020
From boosting oil production to throttling it back and with challenging oil and gas dynamics in both the short and longer-term, the region’s producers have their hands full
Turkey drills in troubled waters
25 June 2020
The deployment of the Yavuz in a section of the Mediterranean claimed by Cyprus pushes the region closer to open conflict
Adnoc toasts its resilience
22 June 2020
Reforms in response to the last industry downturn have equipped Abu Dhabi’s oil heavyweight to cope with the current crisis
Turkey strengthens Libyan position
16 June 2020
The Erdogan regime is further shaking up the East Mediterranean geopolitical and energy landscape
Iraq seeks a reset
8 June 2020
The new Baghdad government asks for much in return for a pivot towards Saudi Arabia and the US
Israel may see Turkish rapprochement logic
26 May 2020
A break with its erstwhile East Med allies is unlikely, but a Turkish solution to Israel’s gas export conundrum could appeal
Book review: GCC—a fatal schism
20 May 2020
Through a combination of adroit use of its vast gas reserves and careful diplomacy, Qatar has learned how to survive life under blockade, a new book says
Saudi Arabia braces for impact
13 May 2020
The kingdom may have to pay a steep price for its efforts to reassert leadership in oil politics
No respite in Yemen
5 May 2020
The oil price collapse dims hope of an energy sector revival, while civil war grinds on
Saudi Arabia’s pyrrhic oil war triumph
24 April 2020
The kingdom may consider it has prevailed over Russia and US shale producers in the short-term, but its longer-term prospects are clouded in uncertainty
Iraq stares into revenue abyss
26 March 2020
Plummeting oil prices and stagnant production have thrown government finances into chaos
Libya oil port shutdown drags on
20 March 2020
A swift resolution to the blockade looks unlikely as fighting continues in Tripoli and the UN searches for a new mediator
Iraq’s investor outlook worsens
13 March 2020
The investment environment in Iraq is being affected by continued turmoil in domestic politics and the country’s battle with Covid-19
The rise of the Mid-East 'INOC'
6 March 2020
State-controlled Mid-East Gulf oil and gas firms are evolving in a changing world
Kuwait bows to local and global realities
20 February 2020
Domestic politics and international demand fears dictate downward revision of production targets
Baghdad targets greater gas security
7 February 2020
As US-Iranian tensions threaten energy imports, Iraq is ramping-up domestic gas development
Libya’s Sanallah calls for external help
31 January 2020
The NOC chief wants assistance to get the country exporting oil again
Iraq’s bounty risks bitter taste
30 January 2020
After US-led mission helped to largely banish Islamic State from Iraq in 2018, the country has fast become a battleground for power in the region
Iran-US conflict: more to come?
16 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