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The Arab World’s Star Student

What Tunisia can teach its neighbors about the value of education.

President Donald Trump presents a defense sales chart with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House on March 20. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress Sours on Saudi Arabia Over Yemen

While the White House fetes the kingdom’s crown prince, lawmakers are running out of patience with Riyadh’s catastrophic war in Yemen.

President Donald Trump meets with Mohammed bin Salman, then deputy crown prince, in the Oval Office on March 14, 2017.

Crown Prince of Disorder

Mohammed bin Salman's consolidation of power is making Saudi Arabia a more unpredictable U.S. ally than ever before.

Donald Trump meets with Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia Can Win Islam’s War of Ideas

Mohammed bin Salman’s embrace of “moderate Islam” deserves the Trump administration’s support.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 7, 2018 in London, England. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Isn’t Wonky Enough

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince knows his country needs an economic overhaul, but his plans don’t add up.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry (left) and Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Falih (right) shake hands after a signing ceremony of a memorandum understanding on carbon management between Saudi Arabia and the U.S., on Dec. 4, 2017 in Riyadh. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Give Saudi Arabia An Easy Path to Nukes

To prevent proliferation, any U.S.-Saudi nuclear deal needs to be tough.

U.S. President Donald Trump brandishes a sword during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

Foreign ministers during the international conference for Iraq reconstruction in Kuwait City, on Feb. 14. (Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was

The $30 billion pledged toward reconstruction in Iraq was more than some expected, but still short of the total needed to rebuild the country.

An Iranian man reads a copy of the daily newspaper 'Omid Javan' bearing a picture of US President Donald Trump on Oct. 14, 2017, in front of a kiosk in Tehran. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is All Talk On Iran

The president has wooed Saudi Arabia and Israel with promises to roll back Iranian influence — but he has so far failed to match those words with action.

Smoke billows over Mosul, Iraq, after an airstrike by U.S.-led international coalition forces targeting the Islamic State on July 9, 2017. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trouble Before the Storm

The past year gives no indication that Trump is ready for a military crisis in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Sound and Fury Has Signified Nothing

The president’s style has been unique, but the substance of his foreign policy is surprisingly familiar.

A Pakistani currency dealer counts Chinese currency at his shop in Quetta on Jan. 3, 2018. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty)

China’s Bid to Upend the Global Oil Market

Could a new oil futures contract mark a seismic shift in Beijing’s efforts to globalize its currency?

Russian President Vladimir Putin dances at a festival in Saransk, Russia, on July 19, 2007. (Vladimir Rodionov/AFP/Getty Images)

Dancing to Russia’s Tune in Syria

As the United States stands back, the Saudis and even the U.N. special envoy are now open to a greater Russian diplomatic role in shaping the future of Syria.

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