Middle East
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
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
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