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Libya’s Lost Hope

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When the NATO-led coalition intervened in Libya, its people were promised security and democracy. Seven years later, all they have received is chaos, death and destruction.

Battle for Key Port Rages in Yemen

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Another ceasefire evaporates as the vital port of Hodeida erupts in fighting.

History Repeating: Mohammed Bin Salman and the Khashoggi Affair

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The current scandal closely resembles the experience of another famous member of the House of Saud.

At Chatham House, Reading Tea Leaves for the Next Arab Spring

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Without real change, the Arab Spring is destined to repeat itself.

Iran Nuclear Deal Breakdown: What Does It Mean for European Business?

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Iran nuclear deal stakeholders are scrambling to evade or circumvent looming US sanctions, but there’s one major hurdle they must clear: the US financial system.

Morocco: Saudi Arabia’s Indispensable Anchor in North Africa

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With its relative stability and longtime animus toward Iran, Morocco might just be Saudi Arabia’s trump card in North Africa.

Bond Yields Spiking in Lebanon

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The third most indebted country in the world is flirting with default.

FLASH: OPEC Goes Rogue on Trump, Keeps Production Steady

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President Trump’s cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia failed to translate into a production hike from OPEC+ over the weekend.

Backgrounder: Sweden Elections 2018

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Upcoming elections are being billed as a fight for the country’s soul, but this is one battle that’s likely to end in stalemate.

Whither the Saudi Aramco IPO?

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When, if ever, will the Saudi Aramco IPO take place? At this point it’s anyone’s guess.

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