Saudi Arabia

Dispatch

Questioning the Faith in the Cradle of Islam

In Saudi Arabia, a new generation is pushing back against the government’s embrace of fundamentalism. But is the kingdom ready for nonbelievers?

Caryle Murphy |

Report

Royals Flush?

Why Egypt, of all places, is keeping a wary eye on falling oil prices.

Keith Johnson |

Report

Note to World: Alleged Oil Shock Isn't All That Shocking

Oil prices have fallen sharply. But that doesn't mean that oil is cheap -- and it doesn't spell doom for everybody.

Keith Johnson |

Report

Oil Prices Are Falling, Not Oil Regimes

Yes, crude oil is still in headlong retreat from its summertime peak. But that doesn't mean that all petrostates are trembling.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

The Arab War on Terror

Obama's Middle East allies are signing up for the fight against the Islamic State. But it's not for the reason you think.

James Traub |

Argument

The New Arab Cold War

As the United States steps away from the Middle East, its allies have tried to fill the void -- with disastrous results.

Steven A. Cook |

Argument

Saudi Arabia's Family Feud

Facing threats from all directions, King Abdullah moves to get his foreign-policy team in place -- and quell infighting within the royal family.

Simon Henderson |

Argument

The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran

Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East.

Simon Henderson |

COLUMN

Downbeat in Doha

In Qatar's gilded schmoozefest forum, some weird ideas about America were getting tossed around this year.

James Traub |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Ukraine: Moscow-run intel units fomenting unrest

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.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

COLUMN

Congratulations, You Have Been Martyred!

Syria's jihadists take on Flappy Bird with new low-tech games that target enemies in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Michael Peck |

Argument

The Saudi Problem and the Head of the Snake

Does Obama still have pull over Riyadh, when the king's point man -- Prince Bandar -- is pulling the strings from afar?

Simon Henderson |

Argument

The Asia Pivot Needs a Firm Footing in the Middle East

Why Washington can't afford to neglect its friends in the Gulf.

Yousef Al Otaiba |

COLUMN

Why Did Saudi Arabia Buy Chinese Missiles?

The real question is why are we only hearing about it now.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Report

Running on Empty

Why unbridled oil consumption in the Middle East could pose a threat to the region and beyond.

Keith Johnson |

Christian Caryl

African Growing Pains

Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.

Christian Caryl |

Terms of Engagement

The Syrian Game-Changer

Why the shocking rise of al Qaeda is scrambling the war, ripping up the playbook, and turning enemies into partners.

James Traub |

Feature

Neighborhood Watch

Why regional players will be indispensable to achieving peace in Syria.

Rachel Brandenburg |

Argument

Fear and Loathing in the Kingdom

How Washington stabbed the Saudis in the back, and why the Iran deal will start a nuclear arms race in the Persian Gulf.

John Hannah |

Marc Lynch

The Entrepreneurs of Cynical Sectarianism

Why the Middle East's identity conflicts go way beyond the Sunni-Shiite divide.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

The Nuclear Handshake

Is the Pakistan-Saudi weapons program for real?

Simon Henderson |

Argument

The U.S.-Saudi Royal Rumble

Seven ways the House of Saud could make things very unpleasant for Washington.

Simon Henderson |

Report

Biological Attack

Polio is back from the brink of extinction -- ravaging the battlefields of Syria and spreading across the Middle East.

Laurie Garrett |

Report

'This Is Not How a Protection Racket Is Supposed to Work'

Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are increasingly at odds.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

The Army of Islam Is Winning in Syria

And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Hassan Hassan |