Can’t Buy Mohammed bin Salman Love
After years of denouncing Obama and cozying up to Trump, Saudi Arabia is trying to resurrect its influence among Democrats in advance of the 2020 election. It won’t work.
Iran Faces New U.S. Sanctions Threat
Plus: A chemical weapons investigation in Syria, pension reform in Brazil, and the other stories we’re following today.
Document of the Week: Risk of Iranian Retaliation Has Long Spooked Gulf Allies
What happens when Washington pushes Tehran too hard.
Iran’s Carefully Coded Message
The recent strikes make clear that Iran’s enemies won’t be able to bypass it in the Persian Gulf.
What’s Next for Hong Kong?
Plus: U.S. lawmakers push back against Saudi arms sales, Shinzo Abe visits Iran, and the other stories we're following today.
What’s Next for Sudan?
Plus: Mexico continues talks at the White House, elections in Denmark, and the other stories we're following today.
The Arab Alliance Is a Circular Firing Squad
Two years ago, the Trump administration started a new era in Middle Eastern cooperation. It's been a disaster ever since.
The Man Who Terrorized Darfur Is Leading Sudan’s Supposed Transition
The interim vice president, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagalo, was in charge of the brutal janjaweed militias. Now he is calling the shots in Khartoum.
Khalifa Haftar’s Miscalculated Attack on Tripoli Will Cost Him Dearly
The Libyan general was poised to rise to power. Now his unnecessary assault on the capital is alienating key international backers and potential local allies.
Modi’s Middle East Deals Snub Iran
India's newly aggressive strategy puts Gulf money and Israeli weapons first.
For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits?
Interest in the Horn of Africa from foreign powers has always been a double-edged sword.
The Secret Lives of Arab Princesses
Most women in the Arab world are disadvantaged—and the most privileged women often have it worst of all.
Shame on the Arabs
Many Arab rulers have revealed their moral bankruptcy by rekindling ties with Syria and embracing a war criminal.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Are Starving Yemenis to Death
The world was rightly outraged by the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but the bombs of Mohammed bin Salman and his Emirati allies are killing dozens each day in Yemen.
America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen
Washington has left a vacuum in the Middle East, letting U.S. allies do as they please—no matter how high the body count.
Trump Doubles Down on War in Yemen
Despite mounting violence, the United States will continue supporting airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
The Countries Where F-35 Sales Are Taking Off
Tracking the growing global fleet of stealth fighters.
In the Middle East, Soon Everyone Will Want the Bomb
The region is at risk of a nuclear arms race. Washington needs to stop proliferation before it starts.
Trump Is Following, Not Leading
The United States has outsourced its foreign policy to regional allies. In South Korea, it might lead to peace — in Israel, it’s more likely leading to war.