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A woman watches United Arab Emirates Armed Forces helicopters during a military demonstration in Dubai, UAE, on March 5.
A woman watches United Arab Emirates Armed Forces helicopters during a military demonstration in Dubai, UAE, on March 5.

Gulf States and Israel Should Form a Rapid Response Force

Modeled on NATO and enabled by the Abraham Accords, a joint force would foster deterrence and security in the region.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.
The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.

Russia and Iran Threats Put Missile Defense Back on the Agenda

In Europe and the Middle East, plans for missile defense are a mixed blessing.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.

The Battle for the Soul of Golf

A Saudi-sponsored tournament shows why China and other rising powers will struggle to replace established global institutions with their own.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 16.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 16.

The Old Human Rights Playbook Won’t Work Anymore

As Biden’s Saudi visit showed, state-to-state shaming isn’t the only way to shift the calculus of authoritarian rulers who abuse their citizens.

Mohammed bin Salman gestures in front of himself as he walks with Biden.
Mohammed bin Salman gestures in front of himself as he walks with Biden.

Biden’s Brief Middle East Pivot Won’t Last

The U.S. president’s trip was an immediate and time-limited response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, domestic economic woes, and Iran.

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 15.
U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 15.

Should Biden Backtrack on His Campaign Promises?

The president’s trip to Saudi Arabia and talk of regional security guarantees are a dramatic departure from his rhetoric during the 2020 race.

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Ones and Tooze Override Photo

The State of the Saudi Economy

Plus: Answers to listener questions.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks.

Biden’s Push for Lower Energy Prices Amounts to a ‘Declaration of Bankruptcy’

FP columnist Adam Tooze discusses how fluctuating oil and gas prices are changing the world as we know it.

Turkish writer Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, poses next to a portrait of Khashoggi after unveiling it on the National Mall in Washington on Oct. 1, 2021, during a memorial ceremony marking the third anniversary of his assassination at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Turkish writer Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, poses next to a portrait of Khashoggi after unveiling it on the National Mall in Washington on Oct. 1, 2021, during a memorial ceremony marking the third anniversary of his assassination at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

It’s Time to Rethink the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

For too long, Washington has sacrificed its principles to appease the kingdom—and gotten almost nothing in return.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks to Air Force One at Munich Airport in Munich, Germany, on June 28, after attending  the G7 Summit.
U.S. President Joe Biden walks to Air Force One at Munich Airport in Munich, Germany, on June 28, after attending the G7 Summit.

Biden Has a Lot to Gain in Saudi Arabia

His trip won’t lower gas prices, but it can shore up Washington’s global standing.

Then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter (right) talks with Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia and one of his ministers at the White House in Washington in 1977.
Then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter (right) talks with Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia and one of his ministers at the White House in Washington in 1977.

Biden Should Revive the Carter Doctrine for the Middle East

In a new era of superpower conflict, Washington needs to recommit to the region.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (4th R) attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Feb. 22, 2019.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (4th R) attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Feb. 22, 2019.

How Biden Can Reverse China’s Gains in Saudi Arabia

Preventing growing Chinese influence in the Middle East is more important than making Riyadh a pariah.

U.S. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One.
U.S. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One.

What to Expect From Biden’s Big Middle East Trip

The U.S. president’s upcoming trip to the region is being driven largely by a domestic political crisis linked to the price of oil.

A member of the U.S. Air Force looks on near a Patriot missile battery at the Prince Sultan Air Base in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia on Feb. 20, 2020.
A member of the U.S. Air Force looks on near a Patriot missile battery at the Prince Sultan Air Base in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia on Feb. 20, 2020.

U.S. Aid to Saudi Arabia on Missile Defense Is Not Unconditional 

Biden must make it clear to Saudi leaders that continued ballistic missile cooperation with China will jeopardize U.S. missile defense assistance.

Fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces during the Union Fortress 8 military demonstration in Dubai, on March 5.
Fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces during the Union Fortress 8 military demonstration in Dubai, on March 5.

What Is Biden’s Policy in the Persian Gulf?

Talk of security guarantees for the UAE and a thaw in Washington-Riyadh relations could enhance—or weaken—U.S. standing in the region.

Mohammad bin Salman is shown with a slight smirk on his face.
Mohammad bin Salman is shown with a slight smirk on his face.

Biden Was Always Going to Need Saudi Arabia

Trying to make Mohammed bin Salman a “pariah” was bound to fail.

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