Saudi Arabia’s decision to send $3 billion of military aid to Lebanon’s army is the latest sign of an increasingly assertive foreign policy that seeks to buy regional influence and counter Iranian power.
After a month in Saudi Arabia’s rehabilitation center for would-be jihadis, Bader al-Anazi says he’s still angry at the killing of Sunni Muslims in Syria. He just doesn’t feel driven to join the war himself.
Iran’s accord with world powers to limit its nuclear program in exchange for as much as $7 billion in relief from sanctions left Presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani the task of selling the deal to critics.
Yemen’s Shiite Muslim Houthis killed 24 Salafist Sunni Muslims yesterday after a week of sporadic fighting between the two religious communities in the north of the country near the border with Saudi Arabia.
When Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talked to me last week about the broad challenges facing the U.S. in the Middle East, one question loomed over the conversation: What does the Barack Obama administration believe the U.S.’s overarching strategic interests to be?