Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement Is Heading Nowhere
Both sides know their ongoing talks could improve the Middle East—and consolidate Iranian gains across the region.
Nothing but Pitch Black Darkness
Ahmed Rabbani’s journey through the U.S. dark prison system to Guantánamo.
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.
The Rocky New Era of the Saudi-Emirati Relationship
After years of closely cooperating on everything from Iran to oil, the Arab Gulf is entering a moment of wariness.
Climate Policies Could Hand Power and Profits Back to OPEC
The Western rush to replace oil has Gulf producers laughing all the way to the bank.
Washington Has Yemen Policy Backward
The Houthis have defeated Saudi Arabia—and peace won’t come by dictating terms to the victors.
Authoritarianism Doesn’t Stop at the Water’s Edge
The Belarus hijacking is part of a broader trend. From Russia to Rwanda, governments are going after dissidents far beyond their borders.
Saudi Arabia Still Treats Shiites as Second-Class Citizens
Mohammed bin Salman’s much-touted domestic reform agenda won’t succeed until it ensures Shiite religious freedom.
Can Imran Khan Change the Course of Saudi-Pakistani Relations?
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is walking a fine line.
Iraq Wants Aid, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE See Investment Opportunity
To help weather the coming energy transition, Gulf countries are plowing money in renewable development abroad.
Why Mohammed bin Salman Suddenly Wants to Talk to Iran
Secret meetings have been going on at least since January, catalyzed by the specter of U.S. withdrawal from the region.
Biden Faces His First Disasters in Yemen and Afghanistan
Unless it changes tack, the administration is about to make bad situations even worse.
The Libya Allergy
The 2011 Libyan intervention pitched the region into a decade of chaos and undermined U.S. confidence in the wisdom of using military force to save lives.
Can Biden Really Shrug Off the Saudis?
David Rundell, a seasoned Saudi hand, talks to Foreign Policy about what’s really at stake with the Biden administration’s reassessment of a decades-old relationship.
Who Is Hot and Who Is Not in the Middle East
The Biden administration wants to downgrade the region. Here are the countries he can ignore—and the ones he can’t.
Report: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Khashoggi Operation
A long-awaited intelligence report comes as Biden reassesses the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Influence Without Entanglement in the Middle East
How China is outflanking the United States—and staying under the radar.