Mohammed bin Salman Is the Next Saddam Hussein
In the 1980s, the United States embraced a brutal Middle Eastern tyrant simply because he opposed Iran. Washington should not repeat the same mistake today.
Kuwait and Oman Are Stuck in Arab No Man’s Land
The showdown with Qatar is forcing all Middle Eastern countries to pick sides — and leaving two of them in the lurch.
Jordan’s Protests Are a Ritual, Not a Revolution
By trading geopolitical importance for aid and showing restraint when unrest erupts, the kingdom has managed to remain stable for decades.
Inside the Cutthroat World of Billion-Dollar Military Supply Contracts
A U.S. military vendor created a “ghost structure” to do business with Iran, yet the dollars keep rolling in.
Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring
There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.
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.
The Tyranny of Distance
25 years after Desert Storm, America still hasn’t learned why it’s so difficult to win wars overseas.