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Qatar looks East: Growing importance of China’s LNG market

Qatar has the world's third largest gas reserves of 24.7 trillion cubic meters, representing about 13.3 percent of global proven oil reserves...

Clear or nuclear: Will Saudi Arabia get the bomb?

As the impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program worsens, those most likely to be directly affected by an Iranian bomb are showing greater alarm. While the media fixates on Israel and its possible...

Is China pivoting to the Gulf?

Many observers have noted recently that China’s foreign policy has turned more assertive than it has been in decades. When it comes to the Middle East, it has expressed this aggressiveness...

Saudi-U.S. relations: changing dynamics

Over the last decade, Saudi Arabia has diversified her foreign policies by shifting its focus from the West to the East as a response to changing international and regional situations. This is partly...

Obama in the Middle East ... Again

 President Barack Obama returns this week to the Middle East for the second time since his famous speech in Cairo in 2009, facing a turbulent situation, a decline in U.S. power, as well as...

China in Iraq: winning without a war

Not long ago, Robert Kaplan, the well-known American writer, “complained” in The Wall Street Journal, saying: “... We have liberated Iraq so that Chinese firms can extract its...

Saudi Arabias oil policy the challenges ahead

Saudi Arabia’s oil policy is facing internal and external challenges which could have a huge impact on its statute as a leader in the global oil market. Firstly, the kingdom is facing a significant...

Will the US abandon the Middle East

The World energy map will change in the next decade for ever. Fatih Birol, the Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency calls the surge of U.S. oil and gas production “the biggest change in...