Saudi Arabia’s newfound regional assertiveness is raising the stakes for Washington.
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.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
In an interview, Carole Nakhle looks at how the rise of Mohammed bin Salman may affect oil markets.
Journalist Jihad al-Zein says the Arabs want to tame Qatar, but that the Gulf Cooperation Council will survive.
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.
As the Qatar crisis worsens, Morocco is struggling to remain neutral.
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.
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.
Joseph Bahout analyzes Mohammed bin Salman’s appointment as crown prince of Saudi Arabia.