The oil price is back to ‘normal.’ But for the major Middle East and North Africa region oil exporters, it is not going to be business as usual.
The oil price is the most obvious trigger of change in the relationship between host governments and investors.
Food security has been eroded in Syria over the last few years, with production of main crops falling by varying degrees mainly due to the impact of the conflict on fertilizers, the disruption of trade routes, and the reduction of subsidies on fuel.
The politics of economic reform in Turkey can be facilitated by a coalition government.
Youth unemployment in the Middle East is among the highest in the world but it remains an inadequate explanation for radicalization.
Cheap oil hurts OPEC member states in the short term. But Saudi Arabia has a long-term view, and the kingdom is trying to expand its share of the global oil market.
Egypt’s real challenge is ensuring political as well as economic inclusion for the broadest array of social groups and classes possible.
The global drop in oil prices has analysts mulling over the shrinking profitability of the oil industry. But it is not all doom and gloom.
Faced with declining gas production and falling oil prices, Algeria is moving to tap its promising shale resources—but success is not assured.
Western democratic powers are no longer the dominant external shapers of political transitions around the world.