Middle East/North Africa

Back to homepage
Middle East/North Africa Security

Water Scarcity in Jordan Increases with Refugee Flows

As Jordan copes with a wave of refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria, Amman’s already dire water security is stretched to its limit as water scarcity increases. An article published May

Middle East/North Africa Security

May 16 Kidnapping Sparks Security Policy Debate in Egypt

Egypt’s latest kidnapping attack has launched a security debate in the country, as discontent grows with the Morsi government. On the 16th of May a group of gunmen conducted a

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Tensions with Iran prevent economic cooperation in Afghanistan

Western tensions with, and sanctions against, Iran prevent cooperation which could promote an economically stable Afghanistan. Several months ago, reports surfaced indicating that the United States was unknowingly buying mixed,

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Shale Oil is Key to Jordan’s Energy Future

Jordan plans to have electricity from shale oil make up 14 percent of energy demand by 2020. Recent developments indicate that Jordan is moving closer to making this vision a

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Al-Barrak sentence attests to Kuwait’s authoritarian side

The recent jail sentence handed down to a prominent opposition leader in Kuwait reflects an authoritarian trend that may solidify business opportunities in the near future but casts a shadow

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Qatar invests for political influence

With this outstanding economic performance, Qatar has decided to use its petroleum-generated resources and wealth to diversify its economy by investing abroad, both financially and politically. In a world filled

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

The Baghdad-Erbil-Ankara Triangle

Baghdad faces challenges from the Kurdish autonomous region, as development of western oil reserves relies on good relations with Erbil, as well as Ankara. Few can deny the tremendous developmental

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Oman’s future: What goes up must come down

Oman’s success over the last half century is at risk of slowing down in the coming years. Having made a name for itself as a stable and successful Middle Eastern

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Iraq ten years on: full of potential yet politically unstable

Ten years after the U.S invasion Iraq continues to soldier on. The country has significant potential, yet remains politically unstable. It has been ten years since the U.S. invasion of

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Egypt’s economic crisis may finally be coming to a head

Ever since the Arab Spring the Egyptian economy has been on shaky footing. However, it seems that things may now be coming to a head and a true economic crisis