Israel and the Emirates Are the Middle East’s New Best Friends
The Abraham Accords didn’t just seal a wary detente. It cemented Israel’s first regional partnership.
‘Stop F—ing Lying’: Congress, Trump Officials in Heated Exchange Over Terrorism Designations
Congressional overseers are livid that the administration made major policy changes without prior formal consultations.
Trump Team Makes Last-Minute Moves to Box In Biden on Foreign Policy
On Taiwan, Yemen, and Cuba, the Trump administration is laying political land mines for Biden on its way out the door.
America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East
China and Russia are spreading their vaccines—and forging new ties—to some of Washington’s closest allies.
The Arab Spring Changed Everything—in Europe
A decade after Arabs started a regional revolution, it’s the neighboring continent that will never be the same.
In Yemen, No End in Sight to the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis
Five articles from the past year that explain how the quagmire in Yemen sparked fierce political battles in Washington as millions teeter on the brink of starvation.
Biden Shouldn’t Rush to Restore the Iran Nuclear Deal
Moving quickly to resurrect the JCPOA, as Biden seems set to do, would start his presidency with a hugely divisive controversy.
Arab Dignity Is Real. So Is Arab Failure.
Ten years after the start of the Arab Spring, it’s time to accept that the revolution may never return.
The Pitiful Endgame of Saudi Arabia’s Qatar Blockade
As the Trump administration winds down, Riyadh is trying—and failing—to cut its losses on a failed regional policy.
Senate Effort to Stop Trump Arms Sales to UAE Fails
But the vote laid down a marker for the incoming Biden administration on Democrats’ opposition to Middle Eastern arms sales and U.S. involvement in the conflict in Yemen.
Biden Can’t Ostracize Riyadh
Branding Saudi Arabia a pariah state would be counterproductive to regional stability.
Assad’s Syria Is Starting to Starve Like Saddam’s Iraq
How sanctions against the Syrian regime are forcing the country into famine.
Mohammed bin Salman’s Human Rights Mirage
Saudi Arabia’s recent social reforms are more about earning international attention than improving the lives of its citizens at home.
Secret Flight Shows Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Salman Joining to Face Biden
One thing is clear: The two leaders are bracing for an ill wind emanating from the new White House.
Russia Wants to Trade Syrian Refugees for Money
Moscow helped organize an international conference to help jump-start Syria’s reconstruction—but hardly anyone came.
Trump’s Parting Gift to Biden: A More Stable Middle East
He was successful because only an iconoclastic president could have rejected false assumptions and failed strategies.