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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.

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Are you ready for the Middle East’s solar gold rush?

The MENA region saw over 2 GW of new solar capacity tendered in 2016, and 2017 looks to easily surpass this level as hundreds of billions of dollars begin to flow into green energy in the Arab world.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Egypt—IMF talks: Good goals, risky business

Securing the IMF loan is a positive development for Egypt. However, there are numerous obstacles and risks associated with implementing the IMF program.

Middle East/North Africa

Four effects of Brexit on the Middle East

Although far removed from the chaos that is going on in Europe and the UK, the effects of the Brexit vote will have a ripple effect in the MENA region.

Asia Pacific Middle East/North Africa Security

Does China’s Silk Road lead to Damascus?

The People’s Republic of China continues to expand its influence in the Middle East. Syria’s long term bilateral ties with China brings about questions on how China’s ambitions might play

Middle East/North Africa North America

9/11 bill increases tensions between US and Saudi Arabia

The escalation in tensions between the United States (US) and Saudi Arabia have played out in a tangible way this past week.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Yemen: The forgotten war

Despite being a catalyst for the growth of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, as well as for a growing anti-western sentiment in the region, the Yemen conflict has lacked

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Lebanon suffers from Saudi-Iranian rivalry

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are palpable: the use of Lebanon for proxy power plays has some serious repercussions particularly in relation to Saudi-aligned Gulf States. Lebanon boasts an

Middle East/North Africa

Middle East and North Africa in 2015: A Year in Review

As the sun sets on 2015, the MENA region continues to suffer from political instability, regional insecurity, and a weak economic climate. It has been five years since the Arab

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Five trends that will shape the MENA in 2016

Torn between conflicts and insurgency, the Middle East has witnessed a rise of non-state-actors at the expense of states weakened by a struggling global economy and social changes that exceed