Extremism Is Riyadh’s Top Export
Saudi Arabia is fighting for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought.
The Iranian Cyberthreat Is Real
As Trump increasingly boxes in Tehran, U.S. allies should be worried about the potential for a devastating cyberattack from the Islamic Republic.
The Global Consequences of Trump’s Incompetence
From China to the Gulf to Europe, the world's power players are moving ahead without America.
The Palace Intrigue at the Heart of the Qatar Crisis
The Saudis don’t believe the young emir of Qatar is really running the country — and they’re looking for regime change.
It’s Time for the Trump Administration to Step Up in the Qatar Crisis
There’s leverage to be had and U.S. national security interests at stake. But if the United States doesn’t act now, things could get a whole lot worse.
Why Trump Should Stand Down in the Gulf Crisis
The best course of action is for Washington to take a back seat to Kuwait’s efforts to negotiate an end to the Gulf impasse.
Making the Middle East Worse, Trump-Style
American presidents have generally been pretty good at botching things in the Middle East, but this one is winning at it.
What the Islamic State Wants in Attacking Iran
With a spectacular and bloody assault in central Tehran, the Sunni jihadi group is fanning the flames of a sectarian war.
Donald Trump’s Malarial Fever Trip
When Donald Trump departed on his maiden overseas trip, it was impossible to resist the comparison with the last time a president got out of town to escape such a vortex of scandals: the summer of 1974, when Richard Nixon jetted to the Middle East and Moscow just weeks before Watergate consumed him.
Trump’s Middle East Trip Is Full of Traps
The stakes could not be higher for the president's first trip abroad. And he'll need to be careful and disciplined.
Trump’s Farcical New Beginning With Muslims
The president’s trip to Saudi Arabia isn’t the start of a new relationship with the Arab world; it’s militarism, disdain for human rights, and caricature of religion.
Can Good Television Beat the Islamic State?
How a Saudi television network — with a hand from Hollywood showrunners — is countering the narrative of terrorist propaganda.
Trump Has a Strategy for Destroying the Islamic State — and It’s Working
It may be incremental, but it's coherent. And watch out, Iran.
Saudi Arabia, China Sign Deals Worth Up to $65 Billion
As Riyadh tries to jar itself out of an economic rut.
The Problem With Saudi Arabia’s ‘Terrorist’ Re-education
The Mohammed bin Nayef Center for Counseling and Care is supposed to rehabilitate terrorists. It isn’t working — and it’s allegedly being used to imprison critics of the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia’s Royal Drug Problem
A drug bust in Lebanon Monday sheds light on the royal family's struggle with drug laws.
The Reports of Saudi Arabia’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
The kingdom’s economy isn’t teetering on collapse; in fact, it’s healthier than it has been in decades.
Yemen Doesn’t Need the Obama Administration’s ‘Deep Concern’
It needs help ending the war that has led to a humanitarian crisis.
What Is the Way Out in Yemen?
FP contributor Elizabeth Dickinson and Yemeni activist Farea al-Muslimi on the reach of Riyadh and how the West could actually help.