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Jeff Bezos

Who’s More Powerful, Jeff Bezos or Mohammed bin Salman? Neither.

The relationship between the two men proves that, even at a time of rapid technological and economic change, you can’t buy real power.

The tiny village of Kumzar on the northernmost tip of Oman's Musandam peninsula on March 14, 2012, overlooking the strategic Straits of Hormuz.

Oman’s Smooth Transition Doesn’t Mean Its Neighbors Won’t Stir Up Trouble

Regional rivals may see Sultan Qaboos’s death as an opportunity to pursue their expansionist ambitions.

Iranian mourners carry a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decorating now-slain Gen. Qassem Suleimani during his funeral procession in Tehran on Jan. 6.

Get Ready for More Mischief From Iran

An energy expert warns that Tehran will find new ways and locations to strike asymmetrically, maybe even in the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb strait.

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U.N. Questions Evidence Against Iran Over Missiles

Report says it is not clear that Tehran orchestrated an attack on Saudi oil facilities.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, back left, and White House advisor Jared Kushner, back right, stand with members of a Saudi delegation

Ilhan Omar and Jared Kushner’s Latest Accuser Has Shady Saudi Ties

Right-wing media has seized on the testimony of a Canadian businessman with a tangled history.

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman

Can a Young Saudi Prince End the War in Yemen?

Khalid bin Salman is working full time to extricate Saudi Arabia from the disastrous conflict begun by his brother. Some regional and U.S. officials are cautiously optimistic. 

A group of Chinese graduates celebrate after the commencement ceremony at Columbia University in New York on May 18, 2016. Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images

New Data Shows Slowdown in Growth of International Students in the U.S.

The lowest growth rate in a decade could impact the bottom line for some universities.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during Saudi-Russian talks in Riyadh on Oct. 14.

Shrunken Aramco Listing Could Crimp Saudi Crown Prince’s Bigger Plans

By failing to attract major international investors, Mohammed bin Salman may have to kiss his Saudi Vision 2030 goodbye.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gestures during a press conference in Riyadh on April 25, 2016.

Mohammed bin Salman Is Having a Fire Sale of His Political Power

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince will take money from investors in the national oil company—but he’ll be giving up far more than he thinks.

Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Turki bin Saleh al-Malki displays materials recovered from an attack targetting a Saudi Aramco facility during a press conference in Riyadh on Sept. 18.

U.S. Deterrence in the Middle East Is Collapsing

The withdrawal from Syria is part of a broader pattern of weakness, especially in response to Iran.

Iraqis hold portraits of Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani (left) and a Yemeni Houthi leader (right) during a demonstration in Baghdad against the Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes on targets across Yemen on March 31, 2015.

Iran Is Winning the Battle for the Middle East’s Future

The vision of Iran’s Qassem Suleimani will continue to triumph until Washington trades maximum pressure and regional dominance for a multilateral Persian Gulf security structure.


Yemeni supporters of the Houthi movement rally in Sanaa.

How to End the War in Yemen

Since the September attack on Saudi oil facilities, Riyadh and the Houthis have taken a step back from all-out war. All parties, including the United States, should seize this rare opportunity to resolve the conflict.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Pentagon Chief: ‘We Are Not Abandoning the Kurds’

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision to withdraw troops from the Turkey-Syria border even while sending additional forces to Saudi Arabia.

Participants including Saudi women attend a hackathon prior to the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Jeddah on Aug. 1, 2018.

China Could Be the Big Winner of Saudi Arabia’s Race to Become a Tech Hub

Beijing is a natural partner to fast and cheap development, but Riyadh should be wary of alienating its allies.

Newly recruited Houthi fighters chant slogans as they ride a military vehicle during a gathering in the capital Sanaa to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces in several Yemeni cities, on Jan. 3, 2017.

Saudi Arabia’s Self-Fulfilling Houthi Prophecy

The Yemeni minority group hardly had anything to do with Iran—until the Saudis got involved.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits after speaking at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 24.

Trump’s Iran Policy Is a Failure

Blame U.S. blunders for the worsening crisis in the region.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ commander, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, speaks during the unveiling of an exhibition of what Iran says are U.S. and other drones captured in its territory at the Islamic Revolution and Holy Defense Museum in Tehran on Sept. 21.

Iran Is Already Losing

Washington shouldn’t fall for Tehran’s trap and get involved in a conflict in the Gulf. Instead, it should stick to its current war of attrition.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference at the Canadian Consulate General in New York City on May 17, 2018.

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India-Pakistan tensions escalate, the United States accuses Iran of being behind attacks on Saudi Arabia, and the results of Israel’s election remain uncertain.

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