Arab Digest · MENA's hard road to democracy
Iran-backed parties did not fare well on 10 October but Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr did and so did women, winning a record number of seats.
The Saudis and the Iranians, erstwhile enemies, now find themselves engaged in conversations aimed at de-escalating tensions with Iraq serving as the go-between.
Billions of dollars intended to repair and rebuild Iraq’s war-battered school system have disappeared into the pockets of corrupt politicians and business people, leaving a generation denied the education that is their right to have.
A new report on organised crime around the world indicates Arab countries are amongst the world’s biggest offenders, with states in conflict or post-conflict at the bottom of the list.
Institutionalised corruption and embedded power elites mean that Iraq’s upcoming election is largely meaningless to most Iraqis, many of whom will not bother to vote.
Three ‘events’ in the coming weeks stand to have a significant impact on the timing of peak oil, with profound implications for Saudi Arabia in particular.
Arab Digest · The Great War on Terror: feeding the beast
America’s debacle in Afghanistan began with a surprise attack that launched a never-ending ‘war on terror’.
Climate change is driving global energy transition and both the pace of change and the manner in which it is effected will have a profound impact on the Middle East’s hydrocarbons producers.