Pompeo’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Were Legal—but Heightened Risks of Civilian Casualties in Yemen
A State Department watchdog report concludes that Pompeo followed proper channels in sending arms to Saudi Arabia but faults the State Department for not assessing the humanitarian risks of such a move.
The U.N. Secretary-General Is Letting Powerful Countries Get Away With Killing Kids
By removing Saudi Arabia and other serial violators of children’s human rights from the annual list of shame, António Guterres is weakening one of the U.N.’s most effective accountability mechanisms.
Give Up on Proxy Wars in the Middle East
The United States has the opportunity to reshape its alliances and bolster lasting stability in the region—but only by ending a failed approach.
How Israel Emerged as an Unlikely Peacemaker in the Middle East
By playing a productive role mediating between Qatar and its foes, the country has carved out a position as the one actor that could ease regional tensions.
Why a Quiet Hajj Is Hurting Somalia
Somalia usually sells millions of animals to Saudi Arabia to feed pilgrims. This year, it has nowhere to send its goats.
Lawmakers Demand to See the Side Deals in Trump’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
Democrats suspect the weapons sales are sending jobs to Saudi Arabia.
John Bolton Can Stomach Kim Jong Un’s North Korea, but Not Iran
The real revelation of the former national security advisor’s memoir is that he placed Israeli and Saudi interests ahead of America’s—by successfully undermining any U.S. diplomatic efforts with Iran.
Trump Mulls Ending Heads-Up to Congress on U.S. Weapons Sales
Administration officials say they are tired of regular efforts by Capitol Hill to review arms exports to Saudi Arabia and other nations.
The Pentagon Tries to Pivot out of the Middle East—Again
Confusion over the removal of missiles and aircraft from Saudi Arabia could invite the aggression the United States is trying to avoid.
Firing of State Watchdog May Be Related to Saudi Arms Sales, Senior Democrat Says
As Saudi Arabia closes in on paying off its Yemen debt, it has been pulled into Friday’s shock dismissal of Steve Linick, who was probing the Trump administration’s effort to evade congressional approval of arms deals to Riyadh.
Why Gulf States Are Backtracking on India
Islamophobia is undoing years of New Delhi’s diplomatic gains in the Middle East.
Mohammed bin Salman’s Bloody Dream City of Neom
Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion planned high-tech city involves forced evictions and vague promises of compensation. The killing of an activist who protested the development has reminded the world how the kingdom handles dissent.
How the Bottom Fell Out of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance
A rocky marriage of convenience that has lasted since World War II could derail as oil markets crash and mutual mistrust reaches new heights.
Oil Price Nosedive Continues as Trump’s Deal Fails to Deliver
The impact of the coronavirus sends markets into an unprecedented slump, with no end in sight.
OPEC and Russia Parry Mexico to Ink Historic Deal to Slash Oil Output
But even the unprecedented agreement ultimately reached Sunday shows there is no easy way to halt the rapid collapse in global oil demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Be the Key to Peace in Yemen
After years of failed attempts at talks and cease-fires, COVID-19 may be enough to push the Saudis, Houthis, and Yemeni government to the negotiating table.