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.
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.
Qatar’s Ramped-Up Lobbying Efforts Find Success in Washington
But strategic dialogues don’t come cheap.
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Trump Nominee Concedes Saudi Siege of Yemen Could Be Violating U.S. Law
Sen. Todd Young lifts a hold on the president’s pick for the next State Department legal advisor, after extracting a promise to review Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen.