Every month SI will gather the most pertinent articles from around the world concerning topics within MENA. All articles will feature full accreditation with links to the original pulbishing or broadcast source.
Qatar strikes uneasy energy balance with Iran
James Byrne and Leigh Elston
2 October 2013
As the Syrian war ratchets up tensions in the Middle East, James Byrne and Leigh Elston investigate the consequences for Qatar and its northern neighbour Iran, which together sit on top of one of the world’s largest gas fields.
Has Africa become the most important front in the war on terrorism?
Barak Seener & Alex Vines
4 October 2013
The assassination of Osama Bin Laden was hailed by US intelligence chiefs as a crushing victory against al-Qaeda, with the prediction that its affiliates would soon eclipse its core capabilities. But the attacks in Nairobi show us that militant Islamism is very much alive, and that Africa may be the new centre ground.
Why Israel, Gulf states are wary of Iran nuclear talks
19 November 2013
What are the fears of both GCC States and Israel regarding US led negotiations with Iran in Geneva? How the US is emboldening Islamism throughout the Middle East due to the Obama Administration's inability to prioritise strategic goals.
Terrorism Spreads its Wings
28 September 2013
A soft target frequented by Westerners, a weak, volatile country and a terrorist group emerging from a deadly split: it is a lethal combination that experts say is the new normal for jihadi groups operating across East Africa, the Maghreb and the Arabian peninsula.