With its apparent attack on Saudi oil facilities, Iran has decided that maximum provocation is the only palatable antidote to the U.S.'s maximum pressure.
In this reflection originally published on Stratfor Threat Lens, senior protective intelligence analyst Mike Parks dives into the concept of toxic entitlement, arguing that men have a duty to police their sexual impulses and those of their fellow men, either through persuasion or established rules of conduct.
By Mike Parks
For decades, conservatives defined what it meant to be a Saudi, at least in public. But privately, young Saudis were busy building their own identities -- and now Riyadh is racing to embrace them.
By Ryan Bohl
The ongoing peace process has yielded a recent thaw in U.S.-Pakistani relations. But without an active conflict in Afghanistan, there will be little keeping Washington from turning toward more pressing issues in the region -- namely, stemming China's rise.
The demand for a Palestinian state, once the cause celebre of Arab nationalism, has lost its cachet, opening the door for an Israel-centered solution.
By Ryan Bohl
In the face of punishing economic and political realities, Gulf Arab states are striving to transform their residents from subjects into citizens, but doing so is easier said than done.
The world's top three economies are showing signs of declining growth. While the risk of a crisis is low, the consequences of even a slight slowdown would reverberate globally.
Fifty-six years after their first pact, Paris and Berlin are getting ready to deepen their ties once more. The Continent's complexities, however, could well get in the way of their friendship.
Turkish police allege that Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Riyadh's Istanbul consulate last week. Whatever the truth, the dissident scribe's disappearance could have profound ramifications for Saudi foreign policy.
A report that China has inserted specialized chips on U.S.-bound hardware may not be fully accurate, but that's unlikely to stop Washington from capitalizing on the story in its trade war with Beijing.
By Matthew Bey