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.
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.
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.
Report: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Khashoggi Operation
A long-awaited intelligence report comes as Biden reassesses the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Influence Without Entanglement in the Middle East
How China is outflanking the United States—and staying under the radar.
Biden Must Base Arms Sales on U.S. Interests—Not U.S. Jobs
Exporting advanced weapons systems to the Middle East will create very few jobs at home. Washington must base its decisions on national security strategy rather than domestic politics.
Energy Transition Is the Future. National Oil Companies Are Betting on the Past.
State-owned oil companies are on the verge of investing $400 billion in projects incompatible with the Paris Agreement. If they fail, it could spark an emerging market debt crisis.
Riyadh Seeks Biden’s Forgiveness
Saudi Arabia has freed activists and announced reforms, but must do more to win the new team’s favor.
The Biden Administration Should Prevent an ‘Atrocity Famine’ in Yemen
After declaring an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led offensive, there is more the president can do.
Autocrats Increasingly Quashing Dissent Beyond Their Own Borders
Freedom House says transnational repression is on the rise—led by China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.
Our Top Weekend Reads
British Muslims seek legal protections, Biden unveils his climate agenda, and why Saudi Arabia is getting away with murder.
How Saudi Arabia Gets Away With Murder
Investors flocking to Riyadh’s “Davos in the Desert” prove that nobody knows what accountability for Mohammed bin Salman would even mean.
How Saudi Arabia Restored Its U.S. Influence Machine After the Khashoggi Murder
Biden’s pause on arms sales to the Saudis underscores how lobbying will be even more crucial for Riyadh.