Regions / Bahrain
Despite well documented abuses in the kingdom, the spigot of aid and arms from the U.S. and U.K. remains open.
Like Mikhail Gorbachev, Trump helms a fading empire. But while the former Soviet leader supported democratization in his wake, Trump's sowing the seeds of autocracy all over the globe.
Saudi Arabia's puzzling effort to blacklist its tiny neighbor Qatar begs the question of who's really isolated in the Gulf.
Clinton’s foreign policy is more polite than the "make the sands glow" atavism of the GOP. But in the end, it’s death and destruction in a different packaging.
By raising sectarian temperatures throughout the Middle East, the Saudis risk escalating the unaffordable proxy wars they’ve already bogged themselves down in.
To hear Saudi leaders tell it, the kingdom is under constant threat from Iran. But graver threats of their own making lurk at home.
The Yemen war is a variation on an old theme, where despotic regimes in the Middle East call on the United States to do their dirty work.
Four years later, it's clear that the Arab Spring didn’t stop U.S. support for friendly despots.
In the smallest Gulf kingdoms, upwards of 90 percent of residents are immigrant laborers. Many face unspeakable abuse.
In 2011, King Hamad Bin Issa Al Khalifa restored constitutional rule in Bahrain.