Iranians have long taken national pride in their natural resource wealth. But ordinary people aren’t seeing the benefits.
Even though the wars in Syria and Iraq are dying down, Saudi Arabia will have to learn to share the Middle East with Iran.
In the Middle East and North Africa, the transition toward equitable economic development and transparent and accountable rule of law will take a very long time.
Hezbollah may choose to focus on its all-important goal of securing Lebanese-Syrian relations, at the expense of the Houthis in Yemen.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to sell shares in state-owned oil giant Aramco to fund the grandiose reinvention of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is playing the corruption card to strengthen his control over the country.
Can the latest Saudi crackdown disarm ever more widespread opposition within the royal family and the military to the reform path and the Yemen war?
What to make of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent disavowal of the kingdom’s founding religious ideology?