Basic search operations

To search, click on the magnifying glass icon (or for smartphone users, choose Search from the menu) and start typing in the search bar. You will be prompted with a list of countries, regions and keywords that we use to tag analysis. Picking an item from the list will produce the most relevant results.

However, you don't have to pick from the list. You can go on and enter your own terms and we will search for those within the text of the piece.

If you enter multiple terms, they will be AND-ed together, so a search for France China will find topics on France AND China. If you want instead to find results for France OR China, see advanced search below. If you are looking for a specific phrase, use quotes, e.g: "economic policy".

Viewing search results

Results are ordered by date, most recent first, and include headline, date, summary and what type of analysis it is (e.g. analysis or summary). You may see a "best match" result at the top. Here you will find everything related to the relevant search term.

To view results, browse through and view them individually in the normal way.

Advanced search

The advanced search is an option for those who want to be more precise about what they are searching for and have more control over combining searches.

Examples of what you can do with advanced search:

  • Find results matching a range of countries or topics, e.g. UAE or Saudi Arabia, or oil or gas.
  • Specify a date range for your search

Note that you must enter criteria in at least one of the following boxes:

Countries and topics

Optionally, fill in countries and/or topics terms. You must pick entries from the list provided.


Optionally pick a date range you would like to query. "Date from" defaults to the oldest entry in our archive (September 1984) while "Date to" defaults to the most recently publshed analysis.


Optionally enter any terms you would like to search for. The system ignores word endings, so it understands that economic and economy are about the same thing. Otherwise it is a text search though, so it does not understand that regulation and rules are closely related. It won't necessarily correct any misspellings either.

How the search is put together

Terms in the same entry box are OR-ed together, so putting "China Russia"" in countries (without the quotemarks) searches for China OR Russia. Terms in different boxes are AND-ed together, so if you have China in the country search and oil in the topics box, this is France AND oil. Or if you have Russia China in the countries box and gas oil in the topics box it will find results from (Russia OR China) AND (oil or gas).

If you want more control over building a search exactly to your specifications, see more complex search techniques.

More advanced search techniques

The above search techniques serve the needs of the vast majority of user searches. In many cases, searching again with different criteria is the best way to see additional search results. However, we offer more complex search techniques for very advanced searches