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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 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

Yemen: A forgotten war, new developments

Calls for the restoration of South Yemen, a worsening humanitarian crisis and the machinations of intervening regional powers all compound Yemen’s woes.

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Location, Location, Location: UAE upping Somalia trade links amidst resurgent piracy threat

Despite the return of piracy off Somalia’s coasts in 2017, the UAE and others continue to bank on the region, sinking millions into new infrastructure.

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

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

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Meeting future energy challenges: diversification and policy shifts in the UAE

The global drop in oil prices has left government reserves in jeopardy in multiple nations, wreaking havoc on national budgets as a plethora of oil floods an already oversaturated market.

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

10 Middle East start-ups to watch in 2016

For many, the Middle East hardly seems the locale for a burgeoning entrepreneurial scene. But over the last decade, the region has witnessed strong advances made by young minds to

Middle East/North Africa Security

Terrorism, tourism, and Oman

Tourism in the greater Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has been dampened by security concerns; what does this mean for Oman in 2016, especially in tandem with falling oil

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