Senate Opposition to Sale of Precision-guided Munitions Grows

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is the latest U.S. senator to throw support behind a Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken)-led push to block part of President Trump's $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

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Qatar Dispute

US: Gulf crisis trending in a positive direction

The US State Department has said efforts to resolve a major diplomatic crisis between a group of countries led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar are ...


Oil Exports

Saudi Arabia To Slash U.S. Oil Exports, But Will It Be Enough?

Oil exports to the US are expected to drop below 1 million b/d in June, then fall to 850k b/d in July and 750k b/d ...


Qatar Dispute

Secretary Tillerson Meets With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, at the Department of State on June 13, 2017. ...


Tiran and Sanafir Transfer

Egypt committee approves deal on islands’ transfer to Saudis

Tuesday's vote in the legislative and constitutional committee — 35 for, 8 against — approved both the content of the agreement and the legality of ...


Global Oil Markets

Analysis: The Market Math Behind the Saudi-Russia Romance

The big development of the past year, however, has been the apparent marriage of that market power with OPEC's, in what some have dubbed the ...


U.S.-Saudi Arms Sales

US Senate advances Saudi guided-munitions sale, 53-47

The Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted to support a $510 million sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, defeating a resolution to block the sale ...


Saudi-Qatar Rift

Emirati ambassador says US should rethink its air base in Qatar

The United States should consider moving its air base out of Qatar, the Emirati ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday, encouraging the Trump administration to ...



How the Saudi-Qatar Rivalry, Now Combusting, Reshaped the Middle East

Qatar’s strategy seemed to finally collapse this past week, with Saudi Arabia and its allies imposing a blockade. But Qatar has its own allies. The ...



Saudi king to meet Iraqi PM as regional tensions at high

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi and King Salman will meet on Wednesday at the Saudi Red Sea port of Jeddah, the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported, ...


Saudi Oil Policy

Saudis Cut Back Oil Supply To Asia, Slash Exports To U.S.

OPEC’s de facto leader and the world’s biggest crude oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, will be reducing exports to some of its buyers in Asia next ...



Perspective: The Saudi-Iran War Comes to Washington

The debate about whether Saudi Arabia or Iran would be a better American ally has mostly centered on which country is better placed to lead ...


U.S.-Saudi Arms Sale

Senate opposition to Saudi arms deal growing

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that he would vote against a sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, clearing the way ...


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Qatar Dispute

Qatar Crisis Spills Into Libya, Tangling Glencore in Oil Dispute

The Qatar crisis is reverberating in Libya, inflaming political divisions in the war-torn oil exporter and dragging commodity-trading giant Glencore Plc into a dispute over ...


Qatar Dispute

Inside the Trump-Tillerson divide over Qatar

There’s a feeling inside the administration that the White House doesn’t really have a plan for Qatar and so the State Department has space to ...


Qatar Dispute

Qatar crisis: Arab media echo their governments and Trump

Many media outlets in the region — government-owned and independent — have adopted the anti-Qatar stance of their respective governments and began echoing some of Trump's remarks. ...


Energy Technology

The next energy revolution: The promise and peril of high-tech innovation

The technology revolution has transformed one industry after another, from retail to manufacturing to transportation. Its most far-reaching effects, however, may be playing out in ...



Commentary: Second-term Rouhani likely to move closer to Russia

In analyzing the Iran-Russia relationship, it could be said that considering the current trend in relations as well as the official positions adopted regarding their ...


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

From ‘caliph’ to fugitive: IS leader Baghdadi’s new life on the run

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is on the brink of losing the two main centers of his 'caliphate' but even though he is on ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

Report: IS chemical weapons capability degraded

The siege of Mosul and targeted killings of chemical weapons experts in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have significantly degraded the Islamic State’s production capability, although the ...


Syria Civil War

On Syria fronts, U.S.-backed forces probe Raqqa defenses as Iran-allied fighters gain key foothold

U.S.-backed forces cleared mines from the eastern fringe of the Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa on Tuesday as a second front south of the ...



Terror Finance in the Age of Bitcoin

Terrorists’ tactics evolve with the times. Just as we have seen an adaption of terrorist methods for sowing fear and distrust, so, too, we have ...


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