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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani pose before they participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Sept. 15, 2020.

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.

Fans of the Israeli Beitar Jerusalem Football Club show their support during the team's training in Jerusalem on Dec. 11, 2020.

Red Card for Emirati Royal’s Soccer Diplomacy?

A peculiar deal that symbolized the entente between Israel and the UAE could get nixed.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Jan. 28, 2020.

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.

An airplane from Israel's El Al airline arrives in Abu Dhabi

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.

A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone, the type of drone that could be sold to the United Arab Emirates, is seen at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico on April 25, 2013.

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.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin during an official ceremony in the Emirati capital's Al-Watan presidential palace on October 15, 2019.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 15.

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.

Members of the Amhara militia

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan at the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 15.

UAE, Bahrain Brace for a Chillier Biden Approach

Biden will shift focus in the Middle East, but Israeli-Arab normalization will continue.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses supporters

Our Top Weekend Reads

The lasting impact of Sanders and Corbyn, a profile of the UAE’s invisible Palestinian hand, and a drift toward authoritarianism in West Africa.

Mohammed Dahlan, a former Fatah security chief, in his office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Oct. 18, 2016.

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.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (left) sits with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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.

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.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (C) listens to a representative at the Russian pavilion during a visit to the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 17, 2019.

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.

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.

Palestinians gather to commemorate the Second Intifada and to protest the Israeli normalization deals in the occupied West Bank on Sept. 28.

What Normalization?

How Israel’s agreements this year with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates made the Middle East more volatile.

Israeli and United Arab Emirates flags line a road in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya on Aug. 16.

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?

A United States Air Force F-35B Lightning II fighter jet performs an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow media preview on Feb. 9.

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.

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