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Saudi moderation: How far will Crown Prince Mohammed go?

In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown...

Reality Check: Ex CIA Director Says U.S. Meddles for a ‘Good...

The Russians hacked our election. The Russians attacked our democratic process. You have heard these claims from the media and politicians for well over a...

The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock starts ticking

The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock is ticking as nations pursue peaceful capabilities that potentially leave the door open to future military options. Concern about...

Reality Check: No Sarin gas used by Assad in Syria?

It was a stunning announcement, stunning because of what was said and maybe equally as stunning because it was honest. Secretary of Defense James Mattis...

Gulf crisis upends fiction of a separation of sports and politics

The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight months is showing...

China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East

The Middle East has a knack for sucking external powers into its conflicts. China’s ventures into the region have shown how difficult it is to...

Expanding regional rivalries: Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in...

It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in...

Surrendering a Brussels mosque: A Saudi break with ultra-conservatism?

Saudi Arabia, in an indication that it is serious about shaving off the sharp edges of its Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism, has agreed to surrender...

Chinese extradition request puts crackdown on Uyghurs in the spotlight

A Chinese demand for the extradition of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia puts the spotlight on China’s roll-out of one of the world's most intrusive...

Reckless rebel offensive against Syrian Army allows ISIS to escape from...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) - A reckless and ill-sighted militant offensive carried out against the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday (February 7) can be...