Trump’s Curious Multilateralism
His administration may end up besting its predecessors’ records in bringing partners together in the Persian Gulf.
Oman’s Smooth Transition Doesn’t Mean Its Neighbors Won’t Stir Up Trouble
Regional rivals may see Sultan Qaboos’s death as an opportunity to pursue their expansionist ambitions.
Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown
Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.
Nervous U.S. Allies Brace for Iran Fallout
Gulf and European countries are eyeing Trump with trepidation as they fear more reprisals from Iran.
Arms Sales Can’t Replace U.S. Engagement in the Gulf
Without better infrastructure for using U.S.-made weapons systems, the Arab countries will keep coming up short.
Former 5th Fleet Commander: Iran Attacks on Saudi Oil a ‘Significant Escalation’
Retired Vice Adm. John Miller says the United States and Saudi Arabia should ratchet up the war in Yemen to hit back at Iran.
Iran Owns the Persian Gulf Now
The Trump administration’s nonresponse to Iranian aggression has sent an unmistakable message.
Britain’s Power Play in the Persian Gulf
The United Kingdom hopes to get European countries to join it in a maritime coalition to protect vulnerable tankers near Iran.
The Fairy Tale Is Over for Dubai’s Royal Family
Sheikh Mohammed's wife has fled her home—and that may just be the beginning of his troubles.
Pompeo’s Hollow Plan to Beef Up Security in the Gulf
Experts are skeptical that U.S. allies will get on board.
The Islamic Republic of Recklessness
You might not think high-risk aggression is in Iran’s national interest, but leaders in Tehran have long disagreed.
U.S. Blames Iran for Latest Tanker Attack
Pompeo says no other country could have orchestrated the explosions with “such a high degree of sophistication.”
Arab States Foment Sudan Chaos While U.S. Stands By
American officials are unhappy over the role of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE but say their hands are tied.
How the Gulf States Got in Bed With Israel and Forgot About the Palestinian Cause
Benjamin Netanyahu is building ties with anti-Iran Arab leaders from Riyadh to Doha and betting that a peace deal is no longer a necessary prerequisite for normalizing diplomatic ties.
Extremism Is Riyadh’s Top Export
Saudi Arabia is fighting for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought.
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.
Yemen on Brink of Catastrophe as U.N. Envoy Pushes for Truce
U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could be enabling the disaster.
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.
China Smells Opportunity in the Middle East’s Crisis
Beijing is using the region's ongoing woes to solidify its own geopolitical agenda.