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Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) near a military compound in a suburb of Tripoli on April 9.

Khalifa Haftar’s Miscalculated Attack on Tripoli Will Cost Him Dearly

The Libyan general was poised to rise to power. Now his unnecessary assault on the capital is alienating key international backers and potential local allies.

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen behind a military band upon his arrival in Algiers, Algeria on Dec. 2, 2018. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images)

Arab Regimes Are the World’s Most Powerful Islamophobes

Middle Eastern governments have forged alliances with right-wing groups in the West dedicated to anti-Islam bigotry.

Israeli Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev (C), Mohamed Bin Thaaloob al-Derai, President of UAE Wrestling Judo, and Kickboxing Federation (L) and International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer (R) chat during the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Judo tournament in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi on October 27, 2018.

How the Gulf States Got in Bed With Israel and Forgot About the Palestinian Cause

Benjamin Netanyahu is building ties with anti-Iran Arab leaders from Riyadh to Doha and betting that a peace deal is no longer a necessary prerequisite for normalizing diplomatic ties.

U.S. President Donald Trump poses with sword dancers ahead of a banquet in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Salvage U.S.-Saudi Relations

Like it or not, Washington’s ties with Riyadh still matter.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace during a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Feb. 20. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi’s Middle East Deals Snub Iran

India's newly aggressive strategy puts Gulf money and Israeli weapons first.

Construction of the Faisal Mosque in the foothills of Margalla Hills of Islamabad, Pakistan, began in 1976 after a grant from Saudi King Faisal, whose name the mosque bears. (Muhammed Semih Ugurlu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Extremism Is Riyadh’s Top Export

Saudi Arabia is fighting for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at the Future Investment Initiative FII conference in Riyadh on Oct. 24, 2018. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Is Here to Stay

The United States has to work with Saudi Arabia, so it has no choice but to work with its crown prince.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laughs with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Who’s Afraid of Saudi Nukes?

Riyadh’s reckless behavior foments widespread mistrust of its plans to buy nuclear reactors.

Princess Noura bint Faisal Al Saud shops in Al Faisaliah Mall in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on April 19, 2018. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

The Secret Lives of Arab Princesses

Most women in the Arab world are disadvantaged—and the most privileged women often have it worst of all.

Supporters of  Hezbollah hold posters of Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the movement's slain former military commander, Imad Mughniyeh, on Sept. 20, 2018 in Beirut.

From Rogue to Regular

What will it take for Washington to accept Iran as a “normal” state?

Egyptian army commandos go through a hand-to-hand combat drill at their camp somewhere in the Saudi desert on Nov. 27, 1990. (MIKE SARGENT/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Has Wasted Billions of Dollars on Failed Arab Armies

Military cooperation with Middle East allies can work—if Washington rethinks its premises.

A man visiting the Hejaz train station near al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 4. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

The Other Magic Kingdom

Saudi Arabia is making a very risky bet that it can become an international tourist destination.

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the funeral ceremony for Turkish soldier Musa Ozalkan on Jan. 23, 2018 at Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara.

Don’t Blame Everything on Erdogan

The Turkish government doesn’t have a soft spot for the Islamic State, and Ankara stands to lose more than anyone if the terrorist group makes a comeback.

A protester holds a placard with the image of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration outside the Saudi Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Oct. 25, 2018. (Lakruwan  Wanniarachichi/AFP/Getty Images)

Getting Away With Murder

Why the campaign to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing is losing steam.

Yemeni children from the Hodeidah province are seen through a hole in a damaged house where they have been living with other displaced families in the southwestern city of Taez on Sept. 30. (Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images)

The Year That Washington Finally Cared About Yemen

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on Yemen.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters train in a camp in the Aleppo countryside, northern Syria, on Dec. 16. (Aref Tammawi/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2019

As U.S. leadership fades, authoritarian leaders are competing to see how much they can get away with.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in the Riyadh on Oct. 23. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Reckless in Riyadh

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on U.S.-Saudi relations and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Norwegian and German military personnel train with a Patriot surface-to-air missile system in Norway on Oct. 24. (Kevin Schrief/Department of Defense Photo)

U.S., Turkey Take Key Step Toward Patriot Missile Deal

The agreement could remove irritant in relations between NATO and Ankara.

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