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Gantz and Netanyahu on an election billboard in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu Stumbles Before Election as UAE Deal-Signing Blocked

$10 billion for trains, ports, and pipelines was supposed to show off his peacemaking prowess.

A car fire burns at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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.

An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft flies by during a training mission at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2015.

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.

A stewardess of an Emirates airlines flight from London arrives at Dubai International Airport on May 8, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Middle East’s Progressive Darling Abuses Its Women

What the harrowing saga of a Dubai princess reveals about her country’s international reputation.

Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the Foreign Ministry in Khartoum

The Conflict in Libya Is Getting Even Messier

A U.N. report suggests the UAE is using Sudanese fighters to battle the internationally recognized Libyan government.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan and Nayef Falah al-Hajraf, the secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 5.

The Qatar Blockade Is Over, but the Gulf Crisis Lives On

Efforts at regional reconciliation have done nothing to address the core differences that divide Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shake hands prior to their meeting at the presidential compound in in Ramallah, West Bank, on March 10, 2010.

Among the Unanticipated Outcomes of the U.S. Election: A Palestinian One

Abbas agrees to face voters more than a decade after his term expired.

Indian Muslims carry Indian flags during a protest against a new citizenship law, in Bengaluru on Jan. 20, 2020.

For Modi, Courting the Arab World Begins With India’s Muslims

India’s tricky regional balance of power isn’t made any easier by sectarian tensions.

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.

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