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Aramco and ADNOC: Playing the Long Game

Saudi Aramco's and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s overseas investment initiatives could serve to lay the framework for a Saudi-Emirati energy partnership that accelerates each company’s ambition of challenging global oil and gas majors.

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The Political Ramifications of the Gulf’s Digital Transformation

Gulf Arab states are striving to become tech-driven, knowledge economies, but the digital path ahead is bound to be bumpy.

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Is Sudan’s Transition Over Before It Began?

Stability, the nature of the state and its relationship to its citizens, the economy, and the role of political Islam are foundational to the discussions, inside and outside Sudan, concerning the country's transition.

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New Opportunities and High Stakes for Gulf-South Asia Relations

The strategic implications of interregional engagement between the Gulf and South Asia are becoming clearer and more pronounced.

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Gulf Arab States Position Themselves to be Pivotal Players in the Indian Ocean

By investing politically and economically in the small states of the Indian Ocean, both on its African and Asian shores, Gulf Arab states are positioning themselves as pivotal actors in the region.

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Oil on Troubled Waters in the Middle East after Tanker Attacks

The potential disappearance of some 1 million barrels per day of Iranian oil, the continued decline in Venezuela’s production, and other geopolitical disruptions make for a tight market that can ill afford any further losses.

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Saudi Arabia Takes Steps to Assure Foreign Investors

The economic components of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious transformation, in which local and foreign investments play a pivotal role, ultimately hinge on the government’s ability to improve the transparency of commercial processes.

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U.S. Secures Access to Oman’s Crowded Ports

Oman is situating itself for a strengthened position in the Gulf while maintaining its regional independence.

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Back to Zero: U.S. Scraps Iran Sanctions Waivers

The end to oil-import waivers comes just as OPEC and its allies were starting to enjoy the fruits of their oil production cut agreement, and the fallout from the policy to drive Iranian exports down to zero is already being felt in the volatile oil market.

Kuwait’s Energy Industry Suffering from Ministerial Musical Chairs

Kuwait is struggling to increase oil production capacity. To put the country on a path toward a more sustainable energy future, Kuwait needs stability between its two branches of government and continuity in the energy sector.

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