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.
Four years after the start of the Arab revolutions, fundamental issues like polarization identities and economic inequities continue to destabilize the region.
Doubts have been raised and criticisms continue to be made concerning Lebanon’s choice of upstream petroleum fiscal terms and strategies to award oil and gas licenses.
The Islamic State needs to be fought militarily, but the underlying causes of frustration and marginalization also have to be addressed.
If the oil and gas sector in Lebanon is successfully established, it can dwarf any other sector in the economy. But to achieve that success, some basic requirements should be met first.
The Middle East is vital to China’s present and future energy interests, but the region’s thorny geopolitics make Chinese state-owned firms hesitant to make large investments there.
While financial awareness and education have a long way to go before Syria’s financial sector can reach its true potential, the country was and remains underbanked and underinsured by all measures.