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Obama Set Goals Too High for Gulf Rebalance, Experts Say
The Obama administration is likely to fall far short of the lofty goals it set for itself at Thursday’s summit with Gulf leaders, several experts on the region said. While the White House has framed the seven-nation meeting as an opportunity to deepen and strengthen Gulf nations’ security
Saudi Women Drivers and 4 Other Stories You'll Care About Next Week
By JON WILLIAMS Saudi Arabia is not exactly known for People Power. Activists intend to use President Obama’s visit to Riyadh to focus the world’s attention on the desert kingdom. Women in Saudi Arabia will defy their nation’s de facto ban on them driving by getting...
A Week in the Middle East
As we watch the week in the region, a roundup of our notes on the hotspots making headlines.
Analysis: White House faces tough choices on intervention
In the past month alone, the White House has formally condemned a repressive government's violence against its own people four times. Libya? Nope. The harsh condemnations were aimed at Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Cote d'Ivoire. Yet despite the killings of hundreds of civilians in those four
Bahrain's King Declares State of Emergency
A three-month state of emergency was declared by Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifahtoday, authorizing the head of the military to "to take necessary steps to restore national security." It is the latest escalation in the tense and often violent month-long standoff between Shiite Muslim
A Wikileaks Primer on the Cozy US-Bahrain Relationship
In December 2009, the then-US Ambassador to Bahrain, Adam Ereli, cabled to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton his great regard for the rulers of that country. The US-Bahrain relationship as seen through Wikileaks cables is quite cozy, and focused quite...
Police Forces Storm Bahrain Protest Camps Leaving At Least 4 Dead
Political unrest continued to spread across the Arab world as tens of thousands of protesters flooded Bahrain's Pearl Square and riot police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, leaving at least five people dead and wounding hundreds more. The crackdown on anti-government rallies early
Bahrain Protests: At Least 2 Dead in Crackdown; ABC's Miguel Marquez Roughed Up
With unrest spreading across the Arab world from Egypt to other countries, protesters said at least two people were killed in a crackdown on demonstrations in Bahrain. ABC News correspondent Miguel Marquez was caught in the crowd, and beaten by men with billy clubs in Bahrain's capital, Manama. The
Richard Clarke's 'The Scorpion's Gate'
Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism chief and current ABC News consultant, has taken his first stab at fiction writing. In "The Scorpion's Gate," Islamic fundamentalists take control in Saudi Arabia and the United States may be headed toward another war in the Middle East. The book
U.S. Weighs Iraq Attack Without Allies
There are now so many American friends and allies who are expressing opposition to a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that military sources say it could limit American options in how to fight such a war perhaps leading to higher U.S. casualties. During the Persian Gulf War in 1991, 11 of the 23 air