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U.S. Army soldiers, part of the coalition against the Islamic State, at an air base northwest of Kirkuk, Iraq, before a planned pullout of U.S. forces, on March 29.

The Pentagon Tries to Pivot out of the Middle East—Again

Confusion over the removal of missiles and aircraft from Saudi Arabia could invite the aggression the United States is trying to avoid.

Now-ousted U.S. State Department Inspector General Steve Linick departs the U.S. Capitol on October 02, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Firing of State Watchdog May Be Related to Saudi Arms Sales, Senior Democrat Says

As Saudi Arabia closes in on paying off its Yemen debt, it has been pulled into Friday’s shock dismissal of Steve Linick, who was probing the Trump administration’s effort to evade congressional approval of arms deals to Riyadh.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) arrives with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prior to a meeting  in New Delhi on Feb. 20, 2019.

Why Gulf States Are Backtracking on India

Islamophobia is undoing years of New Delhi’s diplomatic gains in the Middle East.

Farmers harvest wheat in a field in Tabuk in April 2016. The province has been tapped for the location of a high-tech megacity called Neom.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Bloody Dream City of Neom

Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion planned high-tech city involves forced evictions and vague promises of compensation. The killing of an activist who protested the development has reminded the world how the kingdom handles dissent.

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How the Bottom Fell Out of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

A rocky marriage of convenience that has lasted since World War II could derail as oil markets crash and mutual mistrust reaches new heights.

An aerial view shows an oil pumpjack at the Huntington Beach oil fields in California on April 20.

Oil Price Nosedive Continues as Trump’s Deal Fails to Deliver

The impact of the coronavirus sends markets into an unprecedented slump, with no end in sight.

An oil well in the northeastern Syrian town of Malikiyah

OPEC and Russia Parry Mexico to Ink Historic Deal to Slash Oil Output

But even the unprecedented agreement ultimately reached Sunday shows there is no easy way to halt the rapid collapse in global oil demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Yemeni volunteer sprays disinfectant on the hands of kids in one of Sanaa's impoverished neighborhoods, on March 30, amid concerns of a coronavirus outbreak.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Be the Key to Peace in Yemen

After years of failed attempts at talks and cease-fires, COVID-19 may be enough to push the Saudis, Houthis, and Yemeni government to the negotiating table.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) looks over at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as they line up for the family photo during the opening day of the G-20 Leaders' Summit at Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

Russia Is Losing the Oil War—and the Middle East

Moscow spent years building influence in the region—and lost it all playing hardball with Riyadh.

Leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

5 Reasons Why a Global Agreement to Prop Up Oil Prices Won’t Work

Even if the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Russia make a historic show of cooperation, any respite for the oil industry will be short-lived.

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Trump’s Promised Oil Deal Still Eludes Big Producers as Prices Dive Again

But Saudi Arabia and Russia appear to be thinking twice about their oil war as their economies start to feel the pain.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press in Washington on April 1. Trump goosed oil prices in hopes of a grand bargain with Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the economy continues a historic contraction even as the administration warns of more than 100,000 deaths.

Trump Talks Up Oil Markets, but the Economy Is Still Tanking

Despite a brief recovery in oil, experts say there is still no deal to cut production and boost prices.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 30, 2018.

A Deal to Stop the Saudis From Drowning U.S. Shale Would Come None Too Soon

Trump has finally realized the U.S. energy industry is under attack. Better late than never.

U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on Dec. 1, 2018.

Trump Just Missed a Perfect Opportunity to Reassert American Leadership

The G-20 helped beat Ebola. Why can’t it do the same for the coronavirus?

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