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This page provides a snapshot of some of our written coverage of financial market and macroeconomic trends, policy issues, and the security, geopolitical and energy landscapes.

Our analysis is forward-looking and directional in focus, pinpointing emerging sector trends and policy issues with the potential to affect decision-making. We are supported by an on-the-ground network and team of international experts.

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Beyond Band-Aid Measures: Addressing inflation

Inflation is a pressing challenge facing the Middle East and requires comprehensive economic reforms to tackle its root causes

May 11, 2023


Saudi-Iran Rapprochement: A contrarian view

The resumption of Saudi-Iran diplomatic relations is important – but it is not a watershed moment in Gulf security

April 26, 2023

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Turkey’s earthquakes raise questions over dam safety and its transboundary implications

February’s disaster has renewed international scrutiny of the safety of Turkey’s dams and the risks they pose to downstream states.

March 29, 2023

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Israeli regional soft power expansion through water trade

The Abraham Accords have rapidly increased opportunities for collaboration between signatory states and Israel – a global leader in water management and technology – on improving water and food security.

March 2, 2023

Aid politicisation


Why we need to address the politicisation of aid in Syria now more than ever

February’s catastrophic earthquake is an opportunity for donor governments and aid agencies to correct countless past failures and rethink how to move forward with aid and development.

February 24, 2023


Egypt’s food security challenges set to grow in 2023

Cairo must develop a more diverse and secure supply chain of wheat imports and invest in domestic agriculture if the country is to weather the global food shortage and avoid social unrest.

December 12, 2022

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Energy Markets: Volatility is the new normal

Fresh EU sanctions and a G7-led price cap on Russian crude have sought to safeguard global oil supplies and prices, but energy markets will struggle to absorb their impact.

December 6, 2022


Can Egypt fix its finances?

As the country sinks further into debt, observers are questioning whether its government can secure the funds it needs to restore stability to the economy

November 19, 2022

UAE and KSA ramp up port investments


UAE and KSA: Growth and influence along Red Sea

Abu Dhabi and Riyadh are ramping up investment in military bases and ports as part of efforts to insulate their economies and shore up their security in anticipation of the US’s withdrawal from the region

November 2, 2022