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House of Saud

Brezhnev in the Hejaz

Saudi Arabia is the guardian of the Mideast counterrevolution—and America is its greatest enabler. A club of royals under the Kingdom’s protection is now a reality.

Sand in Our Eyes: U.S.-Saudi Relations After Iraq

Relations with the Desert Kingdom suffered before 9/11. Now they're on the ropes. But Washington can ill afford the loss of this critical ally, even when it's not on its best behavior.

The Scandal of U.S.-Saudi Relations

Excessive deference toward Saudi Arabia undermines U.S. national interests, and the basic reason for it is none too pretty.

Weak Realpolitik: The Vicissitudes of Saudi Bashing

As the shock of September 11 wears off and certain conclusions settle in, the U.S.-Saudi relationship has come under unprecedented scrutiny. It's about time.


Saudi Arabia's Road to Implosion

The House of Saud is unable to stop a deterioration of the social fabric so severe that fragmentation is a primary danger.

The Saudi-Qatari Clash Over Syria

A deep look at the Gulf states' chess match over the rebels.

Saudis Hiring Top Names in American Research

The Kingdom continues to lure U.S. minds to its national projects.


A Pragmatic President in Arabia

What the new Egyptian leaders first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia reveals about his presidency.

The Old Princes Stay in Control

Another Saudi prince takes his long-awaited place in the sun. But a whole new set of succession issues lurk just around the bend.

The Old Man and the Women of Saudi Arabia

Abdullah has again proven himself the kingdom's best chance at reform. But will his successor carry on his legacy?

Books & Reviews

The Man They Called Ibn Saud

Michael Darlow and Barbara Bray’s biography probes the life of Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, a giant of a man with a powerful force of personality, forged the often-warring tribes of the Arabian Peninsula into the country of Saudi Arabia.

Beyond Petroleum

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is based on more than just oil—it hinges directly on common core interests.

A Papier-Maché Fortress

Philip Bobbit's grand historical vision remains impressive, until one examines its history.

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April 19, 2014