Author: Gerald Butt
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
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
East Med gas going nowhere
13 May 2020
Lebanon’s first offshore well was dry, exploration off Cyprus is on hold—the region’s glitter is looking distinctly faded
No respite in Yemen
5 May 2020
The oil price collapse dims hope of an energy sector revival, while civil war grinds on
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
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
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
Gas on the rise in Oman
26 November 2019
Expanding upstream investment is boosting Oman’s thriving gas sector
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
Aphrodite feels the love
12 November 2019
Cypriot energy minister Georgios Lakkotrypis issues the country’s first exploitation licence to the Aphrodite consortium to export gas to Egypt
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
Lebanon’s gas hopes threatened by corruption
28 October 2019
Energy sector legislation may not prevent corruption marring any future gas discoveries, a new book says
Oil and trouble in the Gulf
24 October 2019
Gulf producers learn that regional instability no longer guarantees high oil prices
Saudi Arabia’s bear hug
18 October 2019
The kingdom is strengthening its ties with Russia as it nervously watches US political developments
Energean adapts for survival
17 October 2019
Independent oil and gas firms have no choice but to respond to environmental pressures, says the firm’s CEO
Cyprus pursues LNG import and export options
11 October 2019
In early 2020, the Cypriot government will award LNG supply contracts, while revisiting LNG export plans
Turkey turns up the Cypriot heat
8 October 2019
Cyprus hopes international pressure will stop Turkish drilling in the country's offshore
Gulf states frozen in the headlights
1 October 2019
Beset by intra-GCC tension, Gulf states are dithering in the face of the Iran crisis
Saudi Arabia picks up the pieces
27 September 2019
Saudi Arabia faces a variety of challenges emanating from the attacks on its oil installations
An oilman not of oil
22 September 2019
A new biography of Calouste Gulbenkian portrays him as a formidable behind-the-scenes fixer, rather than a fuel fanatic
Saudis opt for words not weapons
20 September 2019
The kingdom sees Iran's hand behind the recent attacks but is holding fire for now
Turkey tucks into bargain US LNG
13 September 2019
Russian pipeline imports are flexed lower in an effort to profit from LNG supply glut
Prince Abdel Aziz takes the Saudi energy helm
9 September 2019
A new ministerial appointment may indicate growing Saudi impatience with its Opec+ allies