Saudi Arabia


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 |


Covering Up

If the kingdom's top woman can't keep her story straight about whether she wears the veil, what are other Saudi women supposed to do?

Ahmed Al Omran |

The List

Why Is the U.S. Selling Billions in Weapons to Autocrats?

The export of American arms to countries around the world -- even those actively repressing their own citizens -- is booming.

Zach Toombs |


The Underestimated Prince Nayef

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is dead. He will be missed far more than most observers of the kingdom will admit.

Michael Stephens |


Good Riddance

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef was a menace. We should be happy he's gone, but worried about the aging House of Saud he leaves behind.

Simon Henderson |


How Is Energy Remaking the World?

To navigate the complicated new politics of oil and gas, FP asked the author of The Quest and leading U.S. energy historian to help shape our latest survey -- and guide us through the results.

Daniel Yergin |

Failed States

Are All States Failing States?

Every unstable country is unstable in its own way.

David Rothkopf |


The Window is Closing for Riyadh

The oil won’t last forever -- so Saudi Arabia’s government has to reform its economy if it wants to survive.

Robert Looney |

Christian Caryl

In the Crosshairs

Why controlling the international arms trade can help to build stable societies.

Christian Caryl |


A Nation of Spies and Snitches

The United States is pretty darn good at infiltrating terrorist groups -- at home and abroad -- these days. But should we be worried about the social costs?

J.M. Berger |


The 140-Character Fatwa

Enormously popular, extremist Saudi clerics are promoting hatred, violence, and intolerance on Facebook and Twitter. Can they be stopped?

Jonathan Schanzer |


Why Do They Hate Us?

The real war on women is in the Middle East.

Mona Eltahawy |

In Other Words

Teaching Intolerance

You should see what even first graders have to read in Saudi Arabia.

Eman Al Nafjan |


Dirty Laundry

If the West really wants to prevent developing countries from laundering money, it can start by cleaning up its own act.

Peter Reuter |


How to Lower the Price of Oil

The road to cheaper gas at the pump runs through Riyadh.

Bernard Haykel |


The Man Who Would Be King

Saudi Arabia's ruling clique is dying off. It may be up to the new defense minister to guide the kingdom through a turbulent Middle East.

Simon Henderson |

Christian Caryl

Why Washington Is the Syrian Opposition's Next Battlefront

Syria’s opposition faces an uphill battle in its efforts to win backing from U.S. policymakers.

Christian Caryl |


Embarrassment of Riches

Natural resources would seem to promise easy money. Welcome to the dark side.

Peter Passell |


Kill Shot

Banish any thought of Obama going soft on foreign policy. His third State of the Union address was wrapped in the flag of martial victory.

Michael A. Cohen |


The LWOT: U.S. citizen charged with terrorism offense in Florida

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Jennifer Rowland |


The Prince of Twitter

Saudi royal AlWaleed bin Talal just bought $300 million worth of everyone's favorite microblogging site. Here's why that might be a good thing.

Faisal J. Abbas |


Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!

What should America do about the Arab Spring? Not much.

F. Gregory Gause III |

FP Explainer

How Do You Prove Someone's a Witch in Saudi Arabia?

Call the religious police's Anti-Witchcraft Unit and get them to set up a sting operation.

Uri Friedman |


Revenge of the Sunnis

What the Arab Spring is really about.

Edward Luttwak |

Slide Show

The Personal Is Political

Saudi Arabia's fabulous female pioneers.

Slide Show |


What Do Saudi Women Want?

It's not as simple as driving, voting, and property.

Eman Al Nafjan |


The Iranian Connection

What's the link between the plot to bomb the Saudi ambassador and the Gilad Shalit release deal? Iran's looking weak -- and that's scary.

Martin Indyk |


Uncle Sam and the Saudi Split

Why is the House of Saud risking its hard-won relationship with Washington over the Palestine statehood issue?

David Ottaway |


The LWOT: NYPD worked with CIA on surveillance - Report

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Jennifer Rowland and Andrew Lebovich |


The Kingdom of Magical Thinking

Widely assumed to be a fabulously wealthy welfare state, Saudi Arabia is in fact an economic basket case waiting to happen.

Robin M. Mills |