Middle East
Iraq: Time to quit smoking
17 May 2017
The elimination of pollution from gas flaring in southern Iraq is becoming an election issue
Libya's unending oil war
10 April 2017
As the latest battle in the Sirte basin shows, Libya's output recovery remains hostage to the country's politics
Libya's east ups the ante
10 April 2017
Haftar's recapture of the oil crescent and the GNA's disintegration have prompted renewed efforts by Tobruk to sell its own oil
Arab summit: Turning a blind eye
30 March 2017
Arab leaders meeting in Jordan failed to address the critical economic challenges facing the region
Lebanon's muted celebrations
17 March 2017
IOCs' wariness takes the shine off Lebanon's first licensing round
Deepening conflict in Libyan oil heartland threatens output
7 March 2017
Islamic militias widen their influence, endangering production
Transition time in the Gulf
1 March 2017
Fearful of American shale and electric cars, GCC states want to lessen their oil-revenue dependence
Israeli gas plans move tentatively ahead
27 February 2017
Geopolitics could harm Leviathan export prospects just as the signs are looking good
After Qaboos
27 February 2017
The sultan hasn't picked a successor, creating uncertainties just when the country needs to perk up its economy and find jobs for its youth
Keeping the lid on Iraq
14 February 2017
Reviving the Kuwait sovereignty issue would be disastrous for Iraq
What happens when Mosul falls?
7 December 2016
The battle for the city is the prelude to wider struggles for political influence in the region and control of northern Iraqi oil production
Tumult/Reform in the Middle East
1 December 2016
Weak oil prices hung over the region in 2016, a year of more war but also some efforts at renewal
Iran - the great return: part two
28 November 2016
Iran's energy sector is making progress, but political threats are lingering
After Mosul
28 November 2016
Competing claims for northern Iraq will leave the post-IS settlement rife with new geopolitical risks
Iraq - over the worst
28 November 2016
Iraqi oil output has continued to rise despite turmoil in the north. Further growth will be more difficult
Saudi Arabia - shifting sands
24 November 2016
The end of Saudi Arabia's market-share strategy and efforts to restructure its economy – while keeping subjects happy – make 2017 a pivotal year for the kingdom
Fragility in Iraqi oil
4 November 2016
Iraq is heading towards 2017 overwhelmed by security, political and economic uncertainties, any of which could negatively affect the oil sector
Iraq cobbles together an oil deal
12 October 2016
Erbil and Baghdad have struck an agreement on exports through Turkey, though many of the old problems could still ruin it
Strangled development in Gaza and Lebanon
3 October 2016
Lebanon and Gaza both hold commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. But regional politics are still stifling progress
Iraq’s oil in the maelstrom
6 September 2016
Against the background of fiscal constraint imposed by low global oil prices, Iraq's oil and gas industry has become a victim of IS violence and a dispute among politicians in Baghdad that is paralysing the federal government
Time for settlement
6 September 2016
Economic disorder, sectarian strife and the northern oil dispute continue to threaten Iraq’s integrity. Only political unity can solve the country’s many problems
Light in the darkness for Yemen?
27 July 2016
Yemen’s energy sector is trying to emerge from al-Qaida’s rule and a broader civil conflict. It is a slow process
Kuwait's big plans, tricky politics
3 June 2016
Kuwait still hopes production will rise considerably between now and the end of the decade, but must overcome a number of hurdles
Saudi Vision 2030: take it seriously
3 June 2016
The plan aims to transform the kingdom. It won’t be easy, but no one should doubt the commitment
Business as usual for the Saudi economy
3 June 2016
Whatever Mohammed bin Salman says, oil will remain central to the Saudi economy for the coming years