What to Do With U.S. Forces in the Persian Gulf
As the United States leaves Afghanistan, the question of troops in the Middle East to support the Afghan mission looms large.
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.
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.
Qatar Wants to Buy Dozens of U.S. Warplanes. Why Won’t Washington Sell Them?
The White House can’t decide whether to sign off on a multibillion-dollar arms deal with the Persian Gulf kingdom, a sometime ally that has close ties to Islamist militants and Iran.
The Tyranny of Distance
25 years after Desert Storm, America still hasn’t learned why it’s so difficult to win wars overseas.
Holding Out the Hat for Syria
Four years since the crisis began, aid organizations are struggling to drum up funds for suffering Syrians.
Push comes to shove: Was the 1991 Gulf conflict a war, a campaign, or just the opening volley in a 23-year (so far) war?
A group is looking to erect a monument to those who served in Desert Storm.