Will Saudi and Iran reconcile?

View online Reports of potential Iraq-led mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia come as the latter leads the third year of a costly, intractable war across its border in Yemen. A rapprochement with long-time rival Iran, which is backing opposing … Continue reading

Can Qatar-Gulf rift be repaired?

View online Doha – A month since several Gulf countries and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, the opposing sides remain at a stalemate, as a heavily criticised list of “non-negotiable” demands hangs in the balance. Saudi Arabia and its allies … Continue reading

Iran’s economic lull

View online Tehran – The Grand Bazaar in Iran’s capital bustles with shoppers strolling past stacks of gold brocade pillowcases, rows of gleaming coffeepots and bins filled with red barberries. The din of afternoon chatter echoes off the bazaar’s high … Continue reading