As it did before the Arab uprisings of 2011, the EU is putting economic interests and stability before human rights and the rule of law.
The overlapping jurisdictions of Saudi Arabia’s governing bodies and the state’s hyper-centralized nature doom such initiatives as Vision 2030.
Gulf economic aid has averted Jordan’s debt crisis for now, but further support may require concessions regarding the kingdom’s previously independent foreign policy.
Saudi Arabia took concrete steps to adopt a nuclear hedge strategy against Iran, and explore options to forestall a looming arms race in the Middle East over the buildup of nuclear latency.
Danyel Reiche discusses the ongoing World Cup and what it tells us about the Middle East and beyond.
As Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tries to reduce religion’s role in his country, they appear to be only economic and social reforms, not political changes.
Saudi Arabia’s efforts at reforming its armed forces may be more about politics and PR than substantive change.
Gulf-based Salafi financiers have had a diminished role in the Syrian civil war recently, but their influence will linger in the country's religious sphere.
While the Middle East’s central battle line is changing, Egypt is pursuing a strategy of opportunism that aims to maximize its returns and preserve its options.
Mohammed bin Salman’s recent remarks about Israel seemed to be old wine in a more attractive bottle.