Trump’s Blank Check Diplomacy is Remaking the U.S.-Saudi Relationship
The U.S. president is keen to sweep any discussion of the kingdom's involvement in Jamal Khashoggi’s killing under the rug, raising big questions about his foreign policy.
Merging the U.S. Consulate and Embassy in Jerusalem Is a Mistake
Trump is pushing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict toward a one-state solution.
How to Get Away With Murder (Saudi Edition)
A primer on Riyadh’s denials, excuses, rationalizations, spin, and other acts of sophistry about the death of Jamal Khashoggi.
The Saudis Are Killing America’s Middle East Policy
Mohammad bin Salman isn’t just ruining his own reputation—he’s spoiling Washington’s policies across the region.
Jamal Khashoggi Had Skin in the Game. The Crown Prince’s Cheerleaders Didn’t.
Too often, Westerners treat courageous local experts like pawns in a political game. The journalist’s murder should serve as a reminder that, for some, writing an op-ed is a deadly risk.
Norwegian Diplomat Tops U.N. Shortlist For Syria Envoy
Geir Pedersen could be saddled with one of diplomacy’s most thankless tasks.
Trump Should Calm Tensions With Europe Over Iran Sanctions
Here’s how Washington and Brussels can come to a compromise.
Khashoggi’s Death Is Highlighting the Ottoman-Saudi Islamic Rift
The journalist’s suspected murder, and its aftermath, was the latest battle of a 300-year war over Sunni Islam.
Will the Saudis’ Khashoggi Confession Get Them Off the Hook?
By claiming they were only trying to abduct the journalist, they’re hoping to draw a moral equivalence with U.S. renditions.
This Is America’s Middle East Strategy on Steroids
Donald Trump isn’t just maintaining an alliance with Saudi Arabia—he’s choosing it over the rest of the world.
In Negotiations With Iran, ‘There’s Always One More Thing’
On the podcast: Wendy Sherman recounts the grueling path to the Iran nuclear deal.
ISIS’s New Plans to Get Rich and Wreak Havoc
The terrorist organization has lost almost all its territory but has found new ways to make vast sums of money.
Starvation and Child Soldiers: On the Ground in Yemen
International Rescue Committee chief sees the devastation firsthand and calls on the United States to end support for the Saudi-led coalition.
Mohammad bin Salman Is Scared of Saudi Expats
The crown prince will stop at nothing to silence his growing number of critics, regardless of where they live.
Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance Is a Slap in the Face to the United States
Washington should explore retaliatory measures that impose real costs on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Fight Against Terror Needs Better Data
The case of Tunisia shows that the anger of disappointed middle-class youths is driving radicalization more than poverty or unemployment.
The Future of War Will Be ‘Liked’
In the social media age, what you share is deciding what happens on the battlefield.
If Trump Wants the Ultimate Deal, He Must Not Repeat These Mistakes
Israeli-Palestinian peace is elusive because both sides—and the United States—have made a series of damaging but preventable errors.
China’s Global Propaganda Is Aimed at Bosses, Not Foreigners
Chinese reporters overseas are rewarded for whiny nationalism, not persuasive argument.
Trump Needs to Start Worrying About Saudi Arabia’s Reform Efforts
The United States has a profound interest in helping Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman avoid his own worst impulses.