As the United States steps away from the Middle East, its allies have tried to fill the void -- with disastrous results.
Facing threats from all directions, King Abdullah moves to get his foreign-policy team in place -- and quell infighting within the royal family.
Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East.
In Qatar's gilded schmoozefest forum, some weird ideas about America were getting tossed around this year.
Unkempt? New Army reg on hairstyles raise ire; Did Snowden mess up?; Abdullah Abdullah's lead widens; Donilon on the Asia Pivot: all good; and a bit more.
Syria's jihadists take on Flappy Bird with new low-tech games that target enemies in Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Does Obama still have pull over Riyadh, when the king's point man -- Prince Bandar -- is pulling the strings from afar?
Why Washington can't afford to neglect its friends in the Gulf.
The real question is why are we only hearing about it now.
Why unbridled oil consumption in the Middle East could pose a threat to the region and beyond.
Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.
Why the shocking rise of al Qaeda is scrambling the war, ripping up the playbook, and turning enemies into partners.
How Washington stabbed the Saudis in the back, and why the Iran deal will start a nuclear arms race in the Persian Gulf.
Why the Middle East's identity conflicts go way beyond the Sunni-Shiite divide.
Seven ways the House of Saud could make things very unpleasant for Washington.
And, if so, is it even worth keeping?
Polio is back from the brink of extinction -- ravaging the battlefields of Syria and spreading across the Middle East.
Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are increasingly at odds.
While Washington focuses on Syria and Iran, Egypt looks headed for a dangerous and destabilizing insurgency.
The sectarian and political camps across the Arab world are violently divided on Syria. Could a U.S. bombing campaign bring them together?
Shale is the new peak oil, and that's why Saudi Arabia still rules global energy markets.
Female soccer players are rewriting the rules for women's sports in the Middle East.