Israel and the Emirates Are the Middle East’s New Best Friends
The Abraham Accords didn’t just seal a wary detente. It cemented Israel’s first regional partnership.
Red Card for Emirati Royal’s Soccer Diplomacy?
A peculiar deal that symbolized the entente between Israel and the UAE could get nixed.
Palestinians Place Their Bets on Biden Undoing Trump’s Snubs
The shifting ground in the Middle East is creating new options for breaking the stalemate.
How Arab Ties With Israel Became the Middle East’s New Normal
Though Israel remains opposed to Palestinian independence, 2020 marked the year of its acceptance in the region.
Senate Effort to Stop Trump Arms Sales to UAE Fails
But the vote laid down a marker for the incoming Biden administration on Democrats’ opposition to Middle Eastern arms sales and U.S. involvement in the conflict in Yemen.
Pentagon Says UAE Possibly Funding Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries in Libya
The Defense Department’s inspector general found that the United Arab Emirates is financing Russian Wagner Group mercenaries—just as Trump aims to sell the UAE billions of dollars worth of arms.
Trump’s Parting Gift to Biden: A More Stable Middle East
He was successful because only an iconoclastic president could have rejected false assumptions and failed strategies.
Sudan Will Decide the Outcome of the Ethiopian Civil War
As Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed goes to war against Ethiopia’s former rulers—the Tigray People’s Liberation Front—Khartoum’s moves will determine whether the conflict remains a local affair or a regional conflagration.
UAE, Bahrain Brace for a Chillier Biden Approach
Biden will shift focus in the Middle East, but Israeli-Arab normalization will continue.
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The UAE’s Invisible Palestinian Hand
An exiled foe of Mahmoud Abbas helped engineer the Arab peace deals with Israel that are infuriating the aging Palestinian president.
How a Biden Presidency Could Hurt Netanyahu—and Help Him
Sudan’s decision to forge ties with Israel is one more gift from the Trump administration.
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.
The UAE Is Turning Into the World Capital for Weapons Makers
Years of quiet development are finally paying off, and Abu Dhabi’s defense industry can largely stand on its own feet.
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.
How Israel’s agreements this year with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates made the Middle East more volatile.
How ‘Free Zones’ Became the Middle Eastern Diplomacy Tool of Choice
The special economic zones are meant to quietly bring countries together before more public realignments. But do they?
Why the United States Shouldn’t Sell Jets to the UAE
Selling F-35s to the United Arab Emirates could give Russia access to U.S. technology and erode Israel’s regional military edge.