Iraq: A compromise government for crisis management

In its first week, Iraq’s newly established government under former head of the National Intelligence Services Mustafa Al Kadhimi has already had to confront public opposition – even before it has formed a full cabinet.

Aramco financing needs tested amid economic upheaval

Saudi Aramco’s success in raising billions in financing to help fund its acquisition of petchem firm Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) and maintain its ambitious growth strategy will indicate the level of investor appetite for lending to Saudi names in a global...

Qatar bond plans will be market test for opportunistic Gulf borrowers

Qatar is set to become the first Gulf country to tap global bond markets since oil prices plummeted last month. In spite of a low-oil-price environment and COVID-19-related global economic slowdown, the country on Tuesday began marketing five- 10- and 30- year bonds,...

MBS moves to quash dissent with detainment of senior Saudi royals

Senior princes, including King Salman’s brother Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son Nayef, head of Land Forces Intelligence and Security Authority; and Mohammed bin Nayef, former Crown Prince and interior minister and his younger half-brother Nawaf, were...