Saudi Arabia

Argument

Remember Cairo?

While Washington focuses on Syria and Iran, Egypt looks headed for a dangerous and destabilizing insurgency.

Shadi Hamid |

Marc Lynch

Trench Warfare

The sectarian and political camps across the Arab world are violently divided on Syria. Could a U.S. bombing campaign bring them together?

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Oil Kingdom

Shale is the new peak oil, and that's why Saudi Arabia still rules global energy markets.

John Sfakianakis |

Argument

Away Game

Female soccer players are rewriting the rules for women's sports in the Middle East.

Chris Stephen |

Argument

Flash Point in the Eastern Mediterranean

Will conflict in the Middle East trigger the next great power war?

James Stavridis |

Marc Lynch

Money to Meddle

Can the wealthy powerbrokers of the Persian Gulf create the Egypt they want?

Marc Lynch |

Argument

The Middle East Plague Goes Global

A scary virus is sweeping Saudi Arabia. Six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from across the world. The result could be disastrous.

Laurie Garrett |

Dispatch

The Struggle for Power in Saudi Arabia

As the gerontocratic rulers of the House of Saud plot to appoint successors, the inside fight to lead the kingdom is heating up.

David B. Ottaway |

Argument

Syria Is Now Saudi Arabia's Problem

The battle for a town on the Lebanese border marks the kingdom's first attempt to lead Syria's fractured opposition.

Hassan Hassan |

Marc Lynch

A Few Good Saudi Men

Saudi Arabia hounded this lawyer out of the country because he stood up for human rights. Now, he explains how the kingdom is launching a new crackdown on dissent.

Marc Lynch |

Christian Caryl

The Tip of the Democracy Spear

The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Execution of the Saudi Seven

Saudi Arabia's farcical justice system condemned seven young men to death this week, and the world remained silent.

Ali AlAhmed |

Marc Lynch

Tehran Tanking

Iran's popularity in the Arab world is way down, but sectarianism is on the rise.

Marc Lynch |

Christian Caryl

It's Not About Us

Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Kingdom of No Surprises

The more things change in Saudi Arabia, the more they remain the same.

Michael Stephens |

Argument

We Shall Return

Don't be too sure there won't be another U.S. war in the Middle East.

Richard L. Russell |

Feature

Marching Through the Monarchies

Two years after the Arab Spring awoke demons and democracy in the Middle East, I went to see whether changes had roiled the lands of royals.

Emma Sky |

Marc Lynch

America's Saudi Problem

Obama can't get it right on the Arab Spring unless he holds Saudi Arabia to account.

Marc Lynch |

Dispatch

Party in the KSA

Behind high walls, the kingdom's restrictive Islamic laws don't apply.

Ahmed Al Omran |

The List

The World War on Christmas

Five places where Santa really does have to watch his back.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |

Argument

Overdone Turkey

The hype about Ankara as a regional leader is way overblown.

Steven A. Cook |

Argument

Still Think Middle East Peace Doesn't Matter?

Gaza's radiating instability proves once again that Palestine is at the center of the region's problems.

Steven A. Cook |

Argument

Zombie Versus Frankenstein

Now the beleaguered Syrian opposition has two umbrella groups vying for funds and recognition. Is that really going to help?

Malik Al-Abdeh |

Slide Show

The Changing Face of Mecca

Artist Ahmed Mater returns to Islam's holiest site to capture the enormous changes as modernity meets tradition.

Ahmed Mater via Creative Time Reports |

Slide Show

The March to Mecca

Millions of Muslims from around the world begin the hajj -- a journey to the holy city of Mecca.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

Where the Arab Spring Has Not Yet Sprung

The spirit of rebellion continues to simmer in the Middle East and North Africa. But you won’t see much about it in the headlines.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

The Big Bang Theory of Education

Authoritarian countries don't seem to be doing well at the knowledge business. That's probably no accident.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Battle of the Shrines

The attack on the U.S. diplomats in Benghazi isn't the first time that Libya's ultraconservative Islamists have tried to shake things up. Can the country's nascent democracy rise to the challenge?

Sharron Ward |

Argument

America's Real Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Is relying on Saudi Arabia in times of war a smart tradition or future folly?

Amy Jaffe |

Argument

The Prince and the Revolution

Saudi Arabia is bringing back its most talented operator to manage the Arab Spring. But can Bandar stem the rot in Riyadh?

Simon Henderson |