Regions / Saudi Arabia
Ideological affinity makes it difficult for Saudi Arabia to distance itself from the Islamic State.
The fate of one Shi’ite cleric hangs over the Gulf like a sword of Damocles.
The U.S. government continues to turn a blind eye to the medieval forms of torture meted out by its Saudi allies.
Despite resistance on the parts of both countries, détente between Iran and the United States is preordained.
Five bedrock delusions keep America mired in the Middle East, to everyone's detriment.
In the smallest Gulf kingdoms, upwards of 90 percent of residents are immigrant laborers. Many face unspeakable abuse.
Like layers of an onion, ISIS supporters can be carefully peeled away. But not if Obama goes into Syria and Iraq with a mallet.
Contradictory U.S. policies, as with Al Qaeda a generation ago, have aided and abetted the development of the Islamic State.
Washington sabotaged its own "war on terror" by destabilizing the Middle East even as it coddled the U.S. allies who were actually sponsoring terrorism.
How the Obama administration can make good on its stated preference for diplomacy over war.