Middle East
Sectarian Gulf book discusses long-term problems for region
16 September 2013
Gulf autocrats weathered the Arab uprisings. But in spreading sectarianism to do so they created longer-term problems for the oil world’s most important region, Toby Matthiesen argues in his new book
Despite production outages the oil price should fall
12 September 2013
As the threat of US military action recedes and seasonal demand eases, the oil price should drop
Kuwait needs foreign investor help to reach output targets
2 September 2013
Kuwait’s ban on foreign ownership of hydrocarbons is complicating the state firm’s plan to lift oil and gas output
Threats to Saudi Aramco are overstated
23 August 2013
The threats to the world’s biggest and most important oil company are overstated
Qatar sees changing energy policy and leadership
23 August 2013
A new emir and shifting global gas fundamentals mean things are likely to be different at the mighty QP
No hope for expansion for National Iranian Oil Company
23 August 2013
Only a thaw in relations in the west can help Iran’s state firm
Gulfsands in quicksand since civil war in Syria
14 August 2013
The civil war in Syria has forced Gulfsands Petroleum into some big decisions. The jury is still out on whether these will bear fruit
New Iran president looks for quick gains despite sanctions
8 July 2013
Hassan Rohani is gearing up to choose a new government, with the focus on bringing in capable hands that are comfortable dealing with IOCs
Energy deficit in Jordan creating problems for kingdom
8 July 2013
Jordan has escaped much of the region's turmoil, but a dearth of energy supplies is causing political problems
Syria: Disintegration and little sign of recovery
8 July 2013
The brutal civil war is dragging on. It is a disaster for Syria's people, economy and oil sector
Reforms still needed in the Gulf
8 July 2013
Strong oil prices have buoyed the economies of the GCC. But reforms are still needed
Iraq is a tangled web of competing demands
8 July 2013
Iraq's prime minister Maliki has, so far, pulled off a delicate balancing act, juggling the competing demands of the country's ethnic groups, writes Kirk Sowell. But for how much longer?
The Middle East is restless due to political troubles
8 July 2013
The upheavals that began in late 2010 have not yet played out, leaving the world's most important oil-producing region on edge
New opportunity for US and Iranian relationship
4 July 2013
Hassan Rohani's election as Iranian president gives both his country and the US a fresh chance to reset their relationship
Genel comes up with the goods despite high risk region
4 June 2013
The Anglo-Turkish player has carved out a very attractive niché for itself in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. And while the risks are high, NJ Watson argues, the rewards look set to be worth it
Syria's civil war is disrupting its energy industry
23 May 2013
The country’s civil war has exacted a heavy toll on its energy sector as government and opposition forces fight for control over the country’s most lucrative resource, as Conal Urquhart discovers
Mena faces up to carbon emissions challenge
15 May 2013
Promoting economic development and meeting climate-change commitments is a tricky balancing act, particularly for the Middle East and North Africa's hydrocarbon-fuelled states. Justin Dargin looks at the challenges - and the possible solutions
Israel grants US Genie exploration rights in Golan Heights
19 April 2013
The award raised little protest in Syria, which is enmeshed in a bitter and protracted civil war. But, as Conal Urquhart discovers, Tel Aviv's decision may have far-reaching consequences
Politics of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline
18 April 2013
The formal launch of the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project has been billed as part of the solution to Pakistan’s deepening energy crisis. Its success, however, is not just a question of diplomacy
Reports suggest sanctions on Iran aren't working
2 April 2013
Two assessments of the West's strategy to stop Tehran's nuclear programme suggest the outlook is grim
Iran and US edge towards détente as deal looks possible
21 March 2013
Tehran and Washington may be nearing a political deal. But don’t count on a sharp rise in the country’s oil exports just yet
Asian advance challenges IOCs in the Gulf
19 February 2013
Concession renewals in Abu Dhabi will test corporate appetites, as Middle Eastern governments hold out for more from their foreign partners
Iraq's fractious politics weigh on oil sector
30 January 2013
Fears that country is teetering on the brink of civil war and the increasingly poisonous relations between Baghdad and Erbil may stymie Iraq's ambitions to boost crude production
Mena on the frontline of energy sector cyber war
18 January 2013
The Middle East and North Africa has become a battlefield in an increasingly hostile cyber-war. And the region’s vital energy sector is the frontline, says Justin Dargin
Oil fuels Iraq and Kurdistan political tensions
13 December 2012
Baghdad’s politics are a threat to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s energy ambitions. Can the Kurds transcend Iraq’s dysfunction?
Kurdistan eyes major role in Turkish gas market
13 December 2012
The region of Kurdistan holds promising large natural gas reserves