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Ambiguity at Al Azhar: after the downfall of the Mubarak regime, will Al Azhar Mosque regain its independence or be locked in a battle against the rising influence of popular, and radical, Islamic groups? Essay Aug 1, 2012 1054
Libya: where have all the weapons gone? The disappearance of large stockpiles of weapons in the wake of the Libyan civil war is a serious problem both for the country's new leadership and any number of foreign powers. Eamonn Gearon considers the possible outcomes. Essay Jan 1, 2012 1441
Libya at the crossroads? Aug 1, 2011 1291
The 'real deal' revolutions. Apr 1, 2011 1812
Towards a brighter future? Mar 1, 2011 1197
The Al Qaeda enigma: there is not one, but many different Al Qaedas, most of whom have little connection to their supposed ideological partners elsewhere in the world. Jan 1, 2011 1589
Kuwaiti meter still running on Iraq's 1990s war debt: twenty years after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Iraq still owes $25 billion in compensation. Iraq has asked for a reduction or elimination of the debt, but its neighbour is reluctant to comply. Oct 1, 2010 1262
Turkey: rising regional power once more? Even as Turkey pursues EU membership, it is actively developing greater trade links with its Arab and non-Arab neighbours. At the same time, the country would like to position itself as a regional power broker, promoting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In light of the attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Eamonn Gearon examines where this leaves Turkey's diverse plans in the region. Aug 1, 2010 1364
Many happy returns? The Arab Maghreb Union at 21: this year marks the coming of age of the Arab Maghreb Union, but amid the celebrations and messages of support and mutual congratulation, The Middle East examines whether or not the Union really has anything to celebrate. Apr 1, 2010 1494
Maghreb mayhem: Jihadist kidnappers plague North Africa, making millions of dollars in ransoms, paid by European governments reluctant to risk rescue operations deemed to have little chance of success. Apr 1, 2010 1552
The Sahara goes green: whilst North Africa retains some sizeable oil and gas reserves, the drive to introduce alternative energy in the Sahara is gaining support from across the desert to Europe. Apr 1, 2010 1485
Mass tourism or mass confusion? With Libya keen to establish normal, post-sanctions relations with the international community, why do there still seem to be so many obstacles put in the way of non-Arab citizens wishing to use the country as a tourist destination? Eamonn Gearon reports from Tripoli. Oct 1, 2007 1360
In the name of the father: in the wake of recent elections, Egypt's upper house of parliament looks very familiar, with the ruling party firmly in control. With apathy now more prevalent than activism, the only political issue that seems to interest Egyptians is if and how the president's son will take over the mantle of power. Eamonn Gearon reports from Cairo. Aug 1, 2007 1132
What cost defence of the Gulf? Governmental expenditure on defence among the countries of the Gulf and its neighbours is on the rise as Eamonn Gearon reports. Jun 1, 2007 1559
The US failure Iraq: never before have contractors represented such a large portion of a US presence in a war zone or accounted for so many security and military-like jobs. May 1, 2007 1581
From small acorns: intelligence failures that allowed the 11 September and subsequent terrorist attacks to take place created a great deal of insecurity for security agencies. In declaring that the next big threat will come from the Sahara, are these agencies seeing threats that do not exist? Dec 1, 2006 1426
Another Saleh victory: Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh won his country's presidential election in September, to the surprise of nobody at all. How free and fair were the elections and what does the result mean for Yemen's future? Nov 1, 2006 1417
Middle East military spending soars: according to a recent report, global military spending in 2005 reached $1.12 trillion, a new record. At the same time, a decreasing number of countries are now responsible for an increased proportion of this spending with the Middle East being among those regions responsible for significant increases. Eamonn Gearon reports on the growth of a lucrative if deadly industry. Aug 1, 2006 1649
After the pilgrimage: every year approximately two million people enter the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage. Many thousands of these people fail to return home, creating an immigration problem unique to Saudi Arabia and an economic issue that the Saudi government wants resolved. Eamonn Gearon reports from Riyadh. Aug 1, 2006 1374
Red star in the morning, business warming: a recent visit by the Chinese president to the Middle East shows the growing importance of the Arab world for China's burgeoning economy. Eamonn Gearon examines the different aspects of this cooperation and wonders if America should be worried. Jul 1, 2006 1450
Yemen elections: better the president you know? Presidential elections are due to take place in Yemen this September. While President Ali Abdullah Saleh has declared that he will not be running for re-election, and his party is threatening to boycott the process if he does not, is there any viable alternative currently available? Eamon Gearon reports from Sana'a. Jun 1, 2006 1207
Water in dry lands: with rapidly growing populations, the countries of the Middle East know something must be done about the most precious of resources, water. But just how acute is the problem and what is being done to tackle it? Apr 1, 2006 1036
The World Bank worries about MENA. Jun 1, 2005 1037
Libya ignores European overtures: by issuing numerous oil exploration permits to American companies, Libya showed how things have changed between the two countries. But what should British and other European countries understand from their bids being completely snubbed? Apr 1, 2005 946

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