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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.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Eyes on China and US data. The ECB and Bank of Japan talk rates. California votes on cap and trade. Investments in Iran safe for now. All in The Week Ahead.

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 Politics

Rouhani, Trump, and Theresa May: Is rapprochement dead?

Rouhani and his reformist allies rode their platform of social moderation and international engagement to crushing victories.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Iran goes to the polls. Trump travels to Saudi Arabia. Swiss vote on energy. Eurozone discusses Greek debt. All in The Week Ahead.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Five Takeaways from the Arab League’s 28th summit

Many in the Middle Eastern region and beyond expected low expectations for the Arab League, as its 28th summit commenced on March 29, 2017. The 72-year-old League has often failed to

Middle East/North Africa Outlook for 2017

Iranian elections highlight future challenges

Less than two months before Iran elects its next president, the country faces a set of political and economic challenges. The outcome of the elections will have a significant impact

Middle East/North Africa Outlook for 2017 Russia Security

Russia and Iran on the North-South transport corridor: security, control, and power

The global community has their eye on Russia and Iran regarding developments in Syria and the broader Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Will the Iraq-U.S. relationship survive the Trump era?

Iraq is at an important crossroads in the fight against the Islamic State. With aggressive posturing between the incoming Trump Administration and Iran, pressure will increase on Iraqi Prime Minister

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

World responds to executive orders and congressional plans. US unemployment will serve as opening salvo to unified Republican government. Japan holds interest rates. Bank of England to make first interest rate decision since hard Brexit announcement. All in The Week Ahead.