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Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari shakes hands with Saudi Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.

Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement Is Heading Nowhere

Both sides know their ongoing talks could improve the Middle East—and consolidate Iranian gains across the region. 

CIA black site prison near Kabul and Ahmed Rabbani

Nothing but Pitch Black Darkness

Ahmed Rabbani’s journey through the U.S. dark prison system to Guantánamo.

Sen. Marco Rubio

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 Saudi crown prince meets with the UAE prime minister.

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.

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman gives a press conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 17, 2019.

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.

Forces loyal to Yemen's Houthi rebels carry the coffins of fighters killed in battles with Saudi-backed troops.

Washington Has Yemen Policy Backward

The Houthis have defeated Saudi Arabia—and peace won’t come by dictating terms to the victors.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko speaks in parliament in Minsk on May 26.

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 Shiite Muslim worshippers during a mourning ritual in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 29, 2020.

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.

Billboards feature Mohammed bin Salman and Imran Khan.

Can Imran Khan Change the Course of Saudi-Pakistani Relations?

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is walking a fine line.

A Saudi man talks on his cell phone under the shade of solar panel at a solar plant in al-Uyayna, north of Riyadh, on March 29, 2018.

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.

Mohammed bin Salman meets Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

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.

Taliban prisoners in the process of being released from Pul-e-Charkhi Prison, on the outskirts of Kabul, on July 31, 2020.

Biden Faces His First Disasters in Yemen and Afghanistan

Unless it changes tack, the administration is about to make bad situations even worse.

A car fire burns at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud welcomes U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at Riyadh Air Base in Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 27, 2011.

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.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon’s Maronite Christian patriarch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 14, 2017.

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.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not pictured) in number 10 Downing Street on March 7, 2018 in London, England.

Report: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Khashoggi Operation

A long-awaited intelligence report comes as Biden reassesses the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.

A close-up view of Dubai Knowledge Park’s Huawei building in Jumeirah, Dubai, on Feb. 22.

Influence Without Entanglement in the Middle East

How China is outflanking the United States—and staying under the radar.

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