India’s traditionally neutral position in the Middle East has ended with the landmark Israel visit. The future balancing of India’s westward pivot will be determined by a new regional order led assertively be Saudi Arabia, and one which sees Iran as enemy number one.
The recent dynastic shake-up in Saudi Arabia was not only about power, patronage, and personality, but about the future trajectory of the kingdom.
The Saudi-Iran rivalry for preeminence in the Middle East is more likely to escalate rather than deescalate in the coming years.
The core U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf are to maintain the free flow of oil, prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, and prevent Iran from establishing its hegemony over the region.
The administration needs to come up with a sensible strategy to confront Iran where it challenges core U.S. interests. But playing around with a nuclear agreement is both irresponsible and dangerous.
While Trump's energy program is still unfolding it is clear that he is sticking to the pledges he made during his presidential campaign.
Even if Tillerson can manage an agreement that defuses the current crisis in Qatar, it won’t fix the problem. Saudi Arabia seems determined to turn Qatar into a semi-vassal state.
The rise of Hindu nationalism in India is transforming Indian Muslims into second class citizens, while the South Asian brand of Islam has lost some autonomy because of growing influence from the Gulf.
Benghazi’s war is not simply an army operation against terrorists, but a deeply intimate social conflict, between neighbors and cousins, overlaid with tribal- and class-based tensions.
In two short years, as the deputy crown prince and defense minister, the new crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman has driven the Kingdom into a series of royal blunders in Yemen, Qatar, and Iran.
Pursuing an ambitious mission against Iran, Assad, and the Russians in Syria is dangerous, imprudent, and unnecessary to protect vital U.S. security interests.
The Palestinian national movement is at a crossroads and may need a redefined vision and strategy for the months and years ahead.
AQIM is taking advantage of the social and economic fabric of Sahelian communities while exploiting the region's vast plains and porous borders that complicate counterterrorism operations.
President Trump’s plan to slash military aid to Tunisia, a country on the front lines with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, is both misguided and dangerous.
The ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its neighbors offers insight into U.S. interests in the Middle East, and the Gulf in particular.
To promote Saudi Arabia’s push toward renewable energy, the United States should help the kingdom transform itself from petro-state to participant in the global clean energy market.
Israeli and Palestinian civil society activists keep fighting to close the divide between their societies despite myriad obstacles.
By forging closer relations with Tehran, Europe could unshackle its foreign policy from the United States.
Despite his strategy of embracing Arab partners at the outset of his term, Trump will almost certainly soon experience tensions and these revived relationships may not survive the inevitable turbulence.
Like his predecessors, Trump is almost certain to find that, at best, the Middle East is a problem to be managed—not one to be transformed according to the president’s desires.