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Fire and smoke billow from a Norwegian-owned tanker reported to have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman, in a photo obtained on June 13, 2019.

The Next Administration Needs a Plan for De-escalation in the Gulf

Confrontation with Iran almost dragged the United States into war. Détente would benefit all sides.

A view of the construction site of Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, pictured during the opening ceremony in the Mediterranean Mersin region on April 3, 2018.

To Prevent Proliferation, Stop Enrichment and Reprocessing in the Middle East

There is a risk of a nuclear cascade across the region. The United States can stop it by enforcing the gold standard of nonproliferation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia meet at the Al-Yamamah Royal Palace in Riyadh on Oct. 14, 2019.

Everything You Think About the Geopolitics of Climate Change Is Wrong

The transition to a zero-carbon world will shift power in very unexpected ways.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Oct. 1.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Trump is a pariah for top security experts, Biden won’t end U.S. trade wars, and Saudi Arabia’s bid to rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Young Saudis walk next to a portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Riyadh Season Boulevard in the Saudi capital on Jan. 31.

Saudi Arabia Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council

A state that tortures and executes children has no place in an international body that aims to protect human rights.

An airplane of Israel's El Al is adorned with the Emirati, Israeli, and U.S. flags and the word "peace" in Arabic, English, and Hebrew on arriving at the Abu Dhabi airport in the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE on Aug. 31, 2020.

Welcome to a Brand-New Middle East

Israel’s pacts with the UAE and Bahrain go far beyond the tenuous “cold peace” with Egypt and Jordan. They could even help end the conflict with the Palestinians.

Employees work at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the United Arab Emirates

Why Israel Should Worry About the Saudi and Emirati Nuclear Programs

Today’s ally can become tomorrow’s enemy, as Israel’s history of friendship with pre-revolutionary Iran and pre-Erdogan Turkey illustrates.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to brief House members on Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 13, 2018.

Congress Pressures Trump Administration to Restore Aid to Yemen

Lawmakers warn the administration’s aid cuts will exacerbate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, even as State Department officials worry about being on the hook for war crimes.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump Extends Arab Push to Normalize Ties With Israel

With Bahrain also recognizing Israel, Washington hopes for a new era of Arab rapprochement with Israel—but that may prove more elusive.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news conference at the State Department in Washington,DC on July 8.

State Department Pushes Back on Claims that Officials Lied to Congress over Emergency Arms Deals

A top State Department official insists Pompeo rightly invoked an emergency to send billions of dollars in weapons to the Gulf last year.

Palestinian protesters prepare to burn images of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and U.S. President Donald Trump, during a demonstration in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 14 against a U.S.-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations.

The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

The deal defers the idea of annexation rather than burying it, and could exacerbate tensions between Iran and the Gulf States.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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.

Newly released child soldiers stand with rifles during their release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on February 7, 2018.

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.

Saudi-led coalition soldiers deploy to the outskirts of Aden, Yemen, on Aug. 3, 2015, during a military operation against Houthi rebels and their allies.

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.

The Qatar flag seen at the Opening Ceremony of the 15th Asian Games at the Khalifa stadium in Doha on Dec. 1, 2006.

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.

A livestock market in Hargeisa, Somaliland, on Aug. 18, 2018.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

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.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman fly in a helicopter over the Jordan Valley on June 23, 2019.

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.

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