Did Mohammed bin Salman Just Give Jihadis the World’s Greatest Terrorist Recruiting Tool?
Anger at the presence of U.S. troops on sacred Saudi soil led Osama bin Laden to found al Qaeda and wage jihad on the West. The crown prince’s decision to welcome them back could light the fuse again.
Why Are Arab Princesses Running Away From Home?
From Princess Haya to Sheikha Latifa, our top reads on why the Gulf’s rich and famous want out.
Why the United Arab Emirates Is Abandoning Saudi Arabia in Yemen
With the war in Yemen stalemated, the UAE has started pulling back—leaving its powerful ally holding the bag.
U.S. Senate Targets Saudi Nuclear Technology
The bipartisan bill follows the revelation that a longtime Trump advisor was pushing for lucrative nuclear deals with Riyadh.
Senators Break Ranks Over Saudi Arabia
The Foreign Relations Committee, in a rare breach of decorum, engages in a bitter dispute over how to pressure Riyadh.
The World This Weekend
The British ambassador to the United States exits the stage, and Europe tries to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.
Can’t Buy Mohammed bin Salman Love
After years of denouncing Obama and cozying up to Trump, Saudi Arabia is trying to resurrect its influence among Democrats in advance of the 2020 election. It won’t work.
Muslim Leaders Are Betraying the Uighurs
The Trump administration has done more for the millions in camps than any Islamic leader.
The World This Weekend
Trump’s Washington celebrates a militaristic Fourth of July, protests surge in Hong Kong, and the European Union chooses new leadership.
Mohammed bin Salman Is Making Muslims Boycott Mecca
The Saudi crown prince’s regional aggression and disdain for human rights have prompted religious scholars and pious pilgrims to refuse to go on the hajj.
Economic Band-Aids Won’t Bring Peace to the Middle East
European leaders should not lend support to a Trump administration plan that dangles economic carrots to Palestinians while entrenching the Israeli occupation.
Did Iran Just Invite a U.S. Attack?
“This country will not stand for it,” Trump says after drone shootdown.
Egypt Doesn’t Matter Anymore
The death of Mohamed Morsi is the latest milestone along the country’s slide into terminal irrelevance.
Iran’s Carefully Coded Message
The recent strikes make clear that Iran’s enemies won’t be able to bypass it in the Persian Gulf.
Mohammed bin Salman’s Fake Anti-Extremist Campaign
The Saudi crown prince vowed to crack down on radical clerics—but the victims have mostly been advocates for moderate Islam.
Infuriating Congress, Trump Administration Keeps Pushing for Saudi Arms Sales
Lawmakers accused the State Department of concocting a “phony emergency.”