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Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Implications of Iran gas deal with France’s Total

Iran has concluded a $5.9 billion deal with a consortium led by French Total, a victory for Hassan Rouhani’s administration and even prospective investors.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Algeria’s battle against terror

The Islamic State in Algeria has faced a pushback as the local authorities are no strangers to counterterrorism.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Qatar’s maverick foreign policy: can it survive a new Gulf order?

Qatar’s bold response to recent allegations made by Saudi Arabia is sparking controversy in the region, as it now pushes for an independent foreign policy.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Next stop, Raqqa: The Islamic State after Mosul

GRI examines three key points to focus on in tracing the evolution of the Islamic State after its loss of the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Food security: The Gulf Cooperation Council states in dire straits

Heavily reliant on food imports via maritime shipping, the Gulf States are facing an increasing risk: chokepoint risk.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The battle for Mosul presents challenges and advantages for both militants and Iraqi forces

All systems are go on the “we are coming Nineveh” operations as further gains are made by Iraqi forces in western Mosul.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

What is the most likely outcome of the Qatar crisis?

The diplomatic crisis resulting from sanctions against Qatar raises fresh questions concerning the political and economic environment in the Gulf.

International Middle East/North Africa Outlook for 2017 Security

Why the Qatari-Arab tension may remain despite possible settlements

On the 6th of June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE announced in a coordinated move to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Middle East/North Africa Special Reports Technology and infrastructure

Special Report: The risks and rewards of digitizing the Middle East

The imminent digital disruptions in the Middle East will present both opportunities and risks – from economic to political and cybersecurity – in the region.

Middle East/North Africa Security

After IS, Iraq looks to Jordan

In anticipation of the collapse of the Islamic State, Iraq is looking to Jordan as a source of renewed trade and opportunities for Anbar province.