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Middle East/North Africa Outlook for 2017 Security

2017 Preview: Oman threatened as risks multiply

While Oman has so far managed to weather the storm of violence and instability gripping much of the Middle East, 2017 will present a range of challenges that threaten to undermine the country.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Dangerous liaisons: Algeria and Iran’s unlikely partnership

Algeria and Iran have forged an unlikely partnership, which has proven to be a source of consternation among some of the Arab world’s heavy hitters.

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 Power Brokers

Sultan Qaboos and the Omani Economy

A GRI Power Brokers feature on Sultan Qaboos of Oman. In a region torn by war and civil strife, it is sometimes difficult to look at those political and economic

Middle East/North Africa Security

Saudi-Iranian ‘cold war’ uses sectarianism as tool

Following Saudi Arabia’s execution of the Shiite Cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, observers of the Middle East are pondering a multitude of eventualities, many of which point to a hot conflict between

Middle East/North Africa Politics Security

Yemen’s civil war risks southern secession

Yemen’s ongoing civil war is often represented as being purely about control over the country. However, due to historical grievances, much of the South would prefer outright secession. As the

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Breaking down the Middle East’s sectarian tensions

The impact of rising Saudi-Iran tension has serious repercussions for peace talks. However, simple-minded sectarianism isn’t always so clear-cut when considering the region’s complex conflicts. One of the messages that

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Saudi Arabia budget 2016: domestic and regional effects

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has released their budget forecasts for the next financial year, and the numbers are worrying. The oil-dependent economy has run a record deficit of around

Middle East/North Africa Security

Fighting ISIS may not be the core of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition of 34 countries announced on Tuesday seems to represent a real change in the country’s foreign policy; however several factors lead to think it is another

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