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.
The Egyptian military has gained unprecedented power since overseeing the ouster of two Egyptian presidents, Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and Mohamed Morsi in 2013. But political overreach and internal rivalries may prove obstacles to long-term military control.
Lebanon should design an energy production strategy that allows it to achieve its wider objectives while taking into consideration its own specific conditions, such as geology, availability of infrastructure, and the domestic market.
Iran appears to be increasing its military presence in the Middle East, raising a lot of questions about just what its ambitions are.
As the Syrian crisis enters its fourth year, the situation continues to become more difficult for refugees, host communities, and donors. Among Syrian refugees, youth are one of the most critically affected groups.
Egypt’s leaders hope that foreign investors, led by the Gulf states, will provide much-needed capital. But the fall in oil prices may make it difficult for them to help.