Roberto Bongiorni

Middle East
Libya’s sweet oil and soured hope

Early pessimism after the fall of Gaddafi went largely unnoticed as attention was turned to more pressing situations in the Middle East. But now the dire warnings from have come true, and the country risks descending into further chaos.

Iraq’s uneasy ride
Slippery business

On the eve of the war, cynics suspected Iraq’s massive oil resources were the prime motive for regime change. Recent deals in the oil sector, however, indicate that the situation is complex, and the big winner may come as a surprise.

Salafis in the Syrian Civil War

As the war in Syria rages, jihadis from outside the country are making their presence felt. A close-up look at the front line in Aleppo reveals a complex situation that could degenerate further if the Assad regime falls.