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Wil Crisp

Iraq faces an uphill battle against corruption Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Al-Abadi still needs to prove his commitment to reforms

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Why Gulf VAT could be bad news Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Imposing value-added tax (VAT) across the Gulf seems likelier than ever

Andrew Roscoe

Power deal shows Iran needs money more than technology Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Tehran is targeting investment from Europe and Asia

Philippa Wilkinson

The ideal moment for subsidy cuts Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Much-needed subsidy reforms should be accompanied by public transport investments

Philippa Wilkinson

Iran moves from a crawl to a sprint Subscription Required

27 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

The banking sector will struggle to play its vital role in planned investments

Richard Thompson

'Snap back' clause leaves deal exposed

14 July 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The talks to lift sanctions were tough. Implementation will be tougher still

Mark Watts

Details of nuclear deal point to compromise Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Iran’s power to challenge UN inspection requests is a tough concession for US negotiators

Wil Crisp

Qatari investment in Spain may help to combat World Cup opposition Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Sheikh Hamad’s €1bn investment comes amid a Spanish legal attack on the 2022 World Cup

Colin Foreman

Conflicting data on Saudi economy Subscription Required

5 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Full impact of lower oil prices has not been realised


Tehran in Iran

End of Iran sanctions possible by end of 2015, experts say Subscription Required

2 September 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Sanctions have cut Iran’s GDP by at least 30 per cent

Protesters attempt to break a street sign near the government palace in downtown Beirut on 29 August

Beirut protesters struggle to find an effective strategy Subscription Required

1 September 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Demonstrators risk the interference of sectarian factions if unrest continues

Division: Prime Minister Al-Abadi (left) and former leader Al-Maliki are both trying to make political gains in Iraq’s government

A new battle for Baghdad’s political future Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

The fight to stamp out corruption in Iraq’s political system is fraught with challenges

Maghreb foreign direct investment, 2014

Algeria lags behind on foreign investment Subscription Required

20 August 2015 | By Paul Melly

In the Maghreb, both Morocco and Tunisia outstrip Algeria when it comes to foreign direct investment

In 1922, the future king of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz al-Saud was the sultan of the Najd, with ambitions that encompassed the domains of Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Ahmed al-Sabah. Abdulaziz’s son Salman bin Abdulaziz (pictured) succeeded to the Saudi throne in Ja

Understanding the Divided Zone dispute Subscription Required

16 August 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Land, oil, money and pride are all at stake in the dispute between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the Divided Zone

Tunisia security

Region struggles to find answer to Isis advance Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By James Gavin

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is gaining a foothold in the Maghreb, aided by the political turmoil in Libya and the failure of the international community to strike back

Kuwait’s rapid progress on the New Refinery Project over recent weeks has come at a crucial time for the oil sector

The future of Kuwait’s Al-Zour refinery Subscription Required

5 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Unresolved disputes may cause further disruptions to the much-delayed megaproject

Landmark agreement: US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Iran's next challenge Subscription Required

29 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

The removal of sanctions will open up Iran to foreign investment, but there are still hurdles to cross

Mediterranean migrant deaths by route

Libya's economic crisis starts to bite Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

As UN-mediated peace talks between Libya’s rival governments break down, the country’s finances look increasingly precarious

UAE fuel subsidies 2013 and 2015

UAE takes long-term view with subsidy cuts Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Deregulation of fuel prices will ease pressure on state budget

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