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People stand behind a red barrier and take photos with their phones.

Can Saudi Arabia’s Film Industry Take Off?

Big-budget thrillers are now being filmed in the kingdom, but culture clashes could hinder the industry’s success.

A Uyghur man in Medina, Saudi Arabia, in 2019 holds his expired Chinese passport (red) and a one-way travel document (blue) issued in its place by the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia.
A Uyghur man in Medina, Saudi Arabia, in 2019 holds his expired Chinese passport (red) and a one-way travel document (blue) issued in its place by the Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia.

China’s Transnational Repression Gets Saudi Backing

Deporting Uyghur refugees is inhumane and illegal.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (C) and his brother and Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) in Rabat, Morocco on March 29.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (C) and his brother and Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) in Rabat, Morocco on March 29.

How Biden Can Rebuild U.S. Ties With the Gulf States

War in Ukraine and Yemen has strained relations between Washington and its Arab allies. Small moves from both sides could put things back on track.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attend the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Nov. 30, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attend the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Nov. 30, 2018.

Biden Should Punish Saudi Arabia for Backing Russia

Riyadh could make a difference in oil markets but has chosen to side with fellow authoritarians rather than the United States.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.
An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.
An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.

A New Iran Deal Means Old Chaos

Rekindling the nuclear deal with Tehran will solve one regional problem—and cause others.

A Saudi soldier takes part in a military parade January 15, 2005 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi soldier takes part in a military parade January 15, 2005 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia Is Ratcheting Up the Middle East’s Arms Race

It’s only a matter of time until Saudi military advancements force Iran to respond in kind.

People displaced by conflict receive food aid and provisions to meet their basic needs at a camp in the Khokha district of Yemen's war-ravaged western province of Hodeida, on Jan. 14.
People displaced by conflict receive food aid and provisions to meet their basic needs at a camp in the Khokha district of Yemen's war-ravaged western province of Hodeida, on Jan. 14.

In Yemen, All Sides Are Using Hunger as a Weapon

The Houthis, Saudis, and Emiratis are letting people starve while corruption and mismanagement of aid lines elites’ pockets.

The Emirati, Israeli, and U.S. flags are flown from an El Al passenger aircraft after its arrival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Aug. 31, 2020.
The Emirati, Israeli, and U.S. flags are flown from an El Al passenger aircraft after its arrival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Aug. 31, 2020.

Why Has Biden Stopped Pushing for Arab-Israeli Peace?

Not building on the Abraham Accords has been the biggest missed opportunity of his first year.

Radio station in Yemen
Radio station in Yemen

Yemen’s Parallel War in Cyberspace

Persistent contact with fake news disrupts even stable societies—but in war zones, it can be lethal.

A Hezbollah flag flutters as tankers carrying Iranian fuel arrive at al-Ain in Hermel, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, on Sept. 16.
A Hezbollah flag flutters as tankers carrying Iranian fuel arrive at al-Ain in Hermel, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, on Sept. 16.

Cutting Off Lebanon Won’t Stem the Captagon Trade

Instead of pushing Beirut to the economic brink, Saudi Arabia should address its own amphetamine addiction.

Yemeni army reinforcements arrive.
Yemeni army reinforcements arrive.

Congress Must Halt Biden’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. president is reneging on his campaign promises in an effort to appease Riyadh. A bipartisan team of lawmakers can stop him.

A fighter loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government is positioned at the frontline facing Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the country's northeastern Marib governorate on Oct. 23.
A fighter loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government is positioned at the frontline facing Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the country's northeastern Marib governorate on Oct. 23.

Biden Needs a Plan B for Yemen If Houthis Win

An end to the war will generate a new set of problems.

Foreign leaders are seen after signing the Abraham Accords.
Foreign leaders are seen after signing the Abraham Accords.

Why the Abraham Accords Won’t Bring Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Regional cooperation didn’t lead to peace at the 1991 Madrid Conference—and it won’t today.

Sudan's top army general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan holds a press conference at the General Command of the Armed Forces in Khartoum on October 26, 2021.
Sudan's top army general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan holds a press conference at the General Command of the Armed Forces in Khartoum on October 26, 2021.

It’s Not Too Late to Defeat the Coup in Sudan

The United States and its allies need to do more than talk about democracy; they must act to defend it.

Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari shakes hands with Saudi Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari shakes hands with Saudi Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.

Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement Is Heading Nowhere

Both sides know their ongoing talks could improve the Middle East—and consolidate Iranian gains across the region. 

CIA black site prison near Kabul and Ahmed Rabbani
CIA black site prison near Kabul and Ahmed Rabbani

Nothing but Pitch Black Darkness

Ahmed Rabbani’s journey through the U.S. dark prison system to Guantánamo.

Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio

Congress Fears U.S. Intelligence Leaks in Saudi Case

The ongoing detention of the children of a key U.S. counterterrorism partner is just the latest irritant in U.S.-Saudi relations.

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