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.
What Would a Saudi-Iran War Look Like? Don’t look now, but it is already here
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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.
Yemen’s Man-Made Cholera Outbreak Is About to Break a Record
In Haiti, it took seven years for the number of cholera cases to surpass 800,000. In Yemen, it’s taken several months.
A Field Trip to the Front Lines of the Qatar-Saudi Cold War
The showdown in the Gulf shows no signs of ending. And there don’t seem to be any clear winners emerging.
If Trump Is Serious About Curbing Iran, He’ll Kill Boeing’s Plan to Sell It Planes
The more Iran’s economy is bolstered by large-scale Western business deals, the harder it will be for the United States to deploy sanctions effectively.
Tillerson Tries Hand at Shuttle Diplomacy to End Gulf Feud
The secretary of state will spend this week shoring up Kuwaiti efforts to end the GCC-Qatar showdown.
The Showdown in the Gulf Gets Nasty
Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have given Qatar until Monday to comply with a list of demands that are unreasonable at best. So where does it go from here?
Tough Demands on Qatar Unlikely to Resolve Diplomatic Fight
Qatar, meanwhile, maintains there is no basis to the other Arab states' claims.
Saudi Arabia Deports 15,000 Qatari Camels
Dromedaries are the latest victims of the feud among Gulf states.