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    1. beyondbrics

      January 28, 2016

      Iran: old challenges take shine off new opportunities

      Iran’s Shah Mosque – a masterpiece of Persian and Islamic architecture – is renowned for the shimmer of its tilework....

    2. January 14, 2016

      Centrica joins race to strike €1bn-plus deal for Viridian

      Centrica, Britain’s biggest domestic energy supplier, is preparing a bid of more than €1bn for Viridian, Northern...

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    1. Investing in the Arab World

      Political upheaval and the sharp fall in oil prices in the region — including Saudi Ar...
    2. Year in the Arab World

      The past year will be remembered as one of the Middle East’s most tumultuous, a time o...
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    1. January 14, 2016

      Gulf currency pegs: Oman, Bahrain seen as most under threat

      The dramatic slide in crude prices has led to a surge in speculation that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil...

    2. January 12, 2016

      Bahrain and Oman raise fuel prices to boost coffers

      Bahrain and Oman have increased fuel prices significantly as the Gulf states struggle to rein in budget deficits and...

    3. MBA blog

      January 11, 2016

      First year versus second year at Wharton business school

      One of my favourite experiences so far in the second year of my MBA is being a leadership fellow for the first-year...

    4. January 6, 2016

      Sunni and Shia: explaining the divide

      What caused the schism in Islam? The schism that led Muslims to split into two main denominations, Sunni and Shia,...

    5. The Exchange

      January 5, 2016

      Saudi clash with Iran rashly complicates Mideast affairs

      Even before the rash decision to execute the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the Middle East was being riven by failed...

    6. January 4, 2016

      Iran-Saudi dispute threatens shockwaves across Middle East

      Since Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric, tensions between the Middle East’s two...

    7. January 4, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners seize on embassy attack anger to weaken Rouhani

      They took selfies and posted cheery photos on social media as if they found setting ablaze the Saudi embassy in Tehran...

    8. January 4, 2016

      Bahrain and Sudan sever diplomatic ties with Iran

      Bahrain and Sudan on Monday followed the lead of their Sunni ally Saudi Arabia and severed relations with Iran, as the...

    9. Fast FT

      January 4, 2016

      Sudan severs Iran ties over cleric execution

      Sudan on Monday followed Bahrain in severing ties with Iran and expelling the country’s ambassador to express...

    10. Fast FT

      January 4, 2016

      Bahrain severs diplomatic ties with Iran over cleric

      Bahrain has cut diplomatic ties with Iran, following the lead of its close ally Saudi Arabia as the diplomatic crisis...

    11. January 3, 2016

      Riyadh feels force of Shia anger

      Saudi Arabia’s shock decision to execute the dissident Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 others convicted...

    12. January 3, 2016

      Shia cleric died defying Sunni elite

      Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the dissident cleric executed by the Saudi authorities, was an outspoken critic of discrimination...

    13. January 3, 2016

      Executions fuel Saudi-Iran regional rivalry

      Within hours of Iran’s threat of dire consequences for Saudi Arabia after it executed 47 “terrorists”, including a...

    14. December 15, 2015

      Saudi Arabia and allies establish anti-terror military body

      Saudi Arabia has unveiled a “military alliance” of Muslim nations to fight “terrorism,” another sign of the...

    15. The Exchange

      December 3, 2015

      The Arab world must rejoin the fight against Isis in Syria

      The lack of reaction from the Arab and wider Muslim world after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut is both...

    16. November 19, 2015

      Saudi Arabia urges oil investment

      The world must continue to invest in oil projects in spite of lower prices to guarantee energy security and meet...

    17. FT Alphaville

      November 17, 2015

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Tuesday, - Should monetary policy respond to financial conditions? - Uber is not the future of work. -...

    18. The World

      October 9, 2015

      Tunisia's Nobel victory helps to keep hopes alive

      Tunisia is a small country with a population of just less than 11m. But it has played a big role in the upheavals that...

    19. August 20, 2015

      Ordnance Survey plots path into digital era

      To ramblers in the British countryside, the Ordnance Survey is the producer of difficult-to-fold pink and orange maps....

    20. July 20, 2015

      Increased Iran oil output puts other exporters under pressure

      The lifting of sanctions against Iran is likely to prompt an increase in the Islamic Republic’s oil output and heap...

    21. June 30, 2015

      US tries to reassure Middle East allies over Iran nuclear talks

      While diplomats seek a nuclear deal with Tehran, Washington is trying to reassure Middle East allies that it will not...

    22. June 30, 2015

      Gulf nations show promise as source of outbound FDI

      Investment from wealthy Gulf countries is highly sought after but while government sovereign wealth funds from the...

    23. June 16, 2015

      Bahrain’s main Shia opposition leader jailed for 4 years

      A court in Bahrain has sentenced the country’s main Shia opposition leader to four years in jail, the latest example of...

    24. May 31, 2015

      Saudi Shia mobilise self-defence groups as Isis threat grows

      Members of Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority are forming civil defence groups after twin suicide bombings over the past two...

    25. May 10, 2015

      Middle East: The Iran conversation

      Syria’s misery shows no sign of ending; Libya is torn in half; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is making gains...

    26. FT Alphaville

      May 5, 2015

      The strange case of Ashazi: Wirecard in Bahrain, via Singapore

      Ashazi Services, a Bahrain-based electronic payments company, moved from place to place in the Gulf Kingdom. For a time...

    27. April 27, 2015

      Gulf states feeling the pinch as oil prices remain low

      Gulf states are beginning to feel the pinch from the slump in crude prices. The region’s governments, cushioned by...

    28. MBA blog

      April 5, 2015

      Spring break

      Last week marked the start of the spring break after a grueling winter quarter. At Anderson our year is divided into...

    29. March 31, 2015

      Islamic bond trial over $650m launches in London

      A $650m legal dispute has been launched in London’s High Court that will offer a rare glimpse into the Islamic bond...

    30. March 31, 2015

      Instability and oil price plunge in the Arab world end boom years

      The dual challenges of rising terrorism and falling oil prices hover over the Middle East and north Africa, dashing...

    31. March 31, 2015

      Middle East economies: Balancing the books proves difficult

      Foreign direct investment fell by 4 per cent in the Middle East between 2013 and 2014, the sixth consecutive...

    32. March 26, 2015

      Decades of deadly conflict will spread across the Middle East

      The modern Middle East is like 17th-century Europe, enmeshed in violent and costly, political and religious struggles...

    33. The World

      March 26, 2015

      Saudi - Iran power struggle lays the region to waste

        As Saudi jets launched bombing raids against Yemeni rebel targets, escalating another war in the Middle East, the...

    34. The Exchange

      March 26, 2015

      The Middle East Takes Another Turn for the Worse

      It was nearly a year ago when I first compared the modern Middle East to 17th-century Europe, saying that the region...

    35. February 20, 2015

      Bahrain pulls plug on Saudi media tycoon’s TV station

      Bahrain has moved to shut down permanently the recently launched satellite TV station set up by Prince Alwaleed, the...

    36. February 1, 2015

      Bahrain strips dissidents of nationality

      Bahrain has stripped 72 citizens of their nationality, including pro-democracy Shia dissidents and militant Sunnis...

    37. January 28, 2015

      Oil price fall leaves Gulf states with difficult reform choices

      Gulf states may have their political differences with Iran but they share a common taste for Persian bread, a staple...

    38. January 16, 2015

      Protests grow as Bahrain cracks down on opposition

      Demonstrations were held across Bahrain on Friday to protest a government crackdown on al-Wefaq, the country’s main...

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