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.

Elephants in the Room

Why Trump Should Stand Down in the Gulf Crisis

The best course of action is for Washington to take a back seat to Kuwait’s efforts to negotiate an end to the Gulf impasse.


What the Islamic State Wants in Attacking Iran

With a spectacular and bloody assault in central Tehran, the Sunni jihadi group is fanning the flames of a sectarian war.

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Donald Trump’s Malarial Fever Trip

When Donald Trump departed on his maiden overseas trip, it was impossible to resist the comparison with the last time a president got out of town to escape such a vortex of scandals: the summer of 1974, when Richard Nixon jetted to the Middle East and Moscow just weeks before Watergate consumed him.

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