Mixed Messages on Iran
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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.
For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits?
Interest in the Horn of Africa from foreign powers has always been a double-edged sword.
Trump Will Regret Changing His Mind About Qatar
The United States has the leverage needed to prevent Qatar from cozying up to Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood—if it’s willing to use it.
Mohammed bin Salman Has Thrown the Palestinians Under the Bus
The United States and Arab governments have abandoned the Palestinian cause and believe they can browbeat Mahmoud Abbas into submission.
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.
The Scramble for Africa’s Athletes
Shady sports agents have taken a page from human traffickers. They’re luring young men to Europe with promises of fame and exploiting them instead.
Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look
Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.
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.
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.
Egypt Cracks Down, Again
Rainbow flags, political challengers, and citizenship laws are all in Cairo’s crosshairs.
The Rohingya Are the New Palestinians
The plight of the Rohingya is a rare moment of global unity for Muslim countries. But will that be enough to save them?
The Iranian Cyberthreat Is Real
As Trump increasingly boxes in Tehran, U.S. allies should be worried about the potential for a devastating cyberattack from the Islamic Republic.
New UAE Documentary Claims Qatar Complicit in 9/11 Attacks
Dueling PR campaigns just reached a whole new level in the ongoing Gulf crisis.
Can Trump Find a Better Deal Than the U.S. Air Base in Qatar?
It costs more to maintain the Pentagon’s military bands than to operate the al Udeid base.
Rex Tillerson (Finally) Goes On the Record
A rare on-the-record interview gives a glimpse into the mind of America’s quietest diplomat-in-chief.
Qatar Pulls the Human Rights Card in Washington PR Blitz
Doha argues its citizens are suffering as a result of the three-country blockade
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 Palace Intrigue at the Heart of the Qatar Crisis
The Saudis don’t believe the young emir of Qatar is really running the country — and they’re looking for regime change.