Author: Gerald Butt
Saudi Arabia gets a new next king
21 June 2017
Mohammed bin Salman will have a free hand as the next Saudi king but faces formidable domestic and regional hurdles. Oil policy is one
Arab oil states: the devil's in Opec's data
20 June 2017
The group's latest figures show Gulf oil states' earnings have plummeted, while the region's population keeps rising
Qatar's foot off the brake
20 June 2017
With an eye on Iran's rapid exploitation of the shared North Field, Qatar has lifted its development moratorium
Troubled waters in the Gulf
14 June 2017
The Qatar crisis has ensured that the region can no longer boast being an oasis of tranquillity
Qatar: Out in the cold
5 June 2017
The GCC faces an unprecedented crisis as three member states politically and economically ostracise Doha
Fast-track to Saudi Arabia's throne?
5 June 2017
Recent top appointments have increased speculation about the succession, but the overall outlook for the kingdom appears stable
Saudi gain before more pain
5 June 2017
The rescinding of civil servants' pay cuts will not deflect the government from pursuing broad economic reforms
Refining Saudi Arabia's future
5 June 2017
Saudi Arabia is taking the opportunity of collective oil-production cuts to focus on downstream ventures
Friends and foes in the Gulf
31 May 2017
GCC: An intra-GCC political row is diverting attention from external economic threats facing the six energy producers
Ties that bind in Turkey
30 May 2017
Energy and economic interdependence between Turkey and the KRG will transcend political crises
Iraq is living dangerously
30 May 2017
The defeat of IS in Mosul will uncover a range of festering political grievances
Middle East tricky energy triangle
30 May 2017
Baghdad's and Erbil's oil-output plans are entwined with political differences and Ankara's strategy to diversify energy sources
Cyprus dreams again
24 May 2017
Developers working offshore the island think they may be about to unlock vast new reserves. Taking them to a depressed market will be much harder
Iraq: Time to quit smoking
17 May 2017
The elimination of pollution from gas flaring in southern Iraq is becoming an election issue
Arab summit: Turning a blind eye
30 March 2017
Arab leaders meeting in Jordan failed to address the critical economic challenges facing the region
Turkey gears up
22 March 2017
The country must cross several hurdles before it can channel significant gas supplies to Europe
Lebanon's muted celebrations
17 March 2017
IOCs' wariness takes the shine off Lebanon's first licensing round
Kuwait still drilling
1 March 2017
Kuwait is plugging away in its upstream and will seek more IOC help to do so
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
Oman's greenhouses to grow oil
27 February 2017
Oman is a leader in EOR and will soon bring in a powerful friend to help pump more oil—the sun
Oman - plugging the deficit
27 February 2017
Demand is rising faster than supply. Oman wants tight gas and Iran to fix the problem
Oman - carry on pumping
27 February 2017
It is part of the Opec deal to cut production — but Muscat's long-term goal is to do anything but
Iraq - crude data
21 February 2017
Opec-member Iraq is cutting output, but the statistics are still confusing
Keeping the lid on Iraq
14 February 2017
Reviving the Kuwait sovereignty issue would be disastrous for Iraq
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