A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
To date, no clear consensus has been reached on whether natural wealth such as hydrocarbon’s is a blessing or a curse, and no comprehensive methodology has been established.
Opening up to private sector investment is the only way forward for Arabian Gulf countries.
Today, oil is facing mounting pressure as the world tries hard to move towards a greener, cleaner future and vows to end the age of fossil fuels.
The UAE’s desire to counter Iran and maximize influence over Saudi domestic affairs is keeping it involved in Yemen, where its interests are not always in line with Saudi Arabia’s.
The recent Hamas-Fatah reconciliation may reflect shifting dynamics in negotiations on Gaza, both regionally and internationally.
Regional crises, water scarcity, and low agricultural yields mean the Middle East is increasingly less able to feed itself.
There are a number of less visible impacts of the ongoing standoff in the Gulf.
Egypt and the UAE are maneuvering to bring Mohammed Dahlan back to Gaza.
The core U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf are to maintain the free flow of oil, prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, and prevent Iran from establishing its hegemony over the region.