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The Palace Intrigue at the Heart of the Qatar Crisis

The Saudis don’t believe the young emir of Qatar is really running the country — and they’re looking for regime change.

Report

64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup

New documents reveal how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup — only to be salvaged at the last minute by an insubordinate spy.

Dispatch

Kazakhstan Spent $5 Billion on a Death Star and It Doesn’t Even Shoot Lasers

The Central Asian country built a futuristic city to host the World's Fair and polish its own brand. One small problem: it forgot to invite guests.

Dispatch

Can Saudi Arabia’s Young Prince Wean the Welfare State?

The ambitious plan to remake the Saudi economy is the brainchild of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But does he have what it takes to upend his country?

The Cable

Market Body Slams OPEC

Things just aren't going OPEC's way.

Elephants in the Room

Why Trump’s Iran Sanctions Waiver Should Worry the Mullahs

Trump may not have blown up the Iran nuclear deal just yet, but that doesn't mean he's going soft on Iran.

The Cable

Desperate Saudis, Russians Agree to Extend Oil Production Cuts

OPEC just can’t figure out how to kill the U.S. shale boom.

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