An economy and society like Saudi Arabia's cannot survive the modern world without giving in to change.
Saudi Arabia portrays itself as a leading supporter of humanitarian aid, especially to the Palestinians, but the country's leadership has an ambivalent strategy towards the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The government action means there is no trade at the moment after the other current exporter, Livestock Shipping Services, paused its trade over the northern summer.
Ten years after the publication of two major works about violence, their authors meet to discuss their theories and renew the debate.
When reporting violence, grammar matters: the use of voice is key to apportioning blame and, importantly, an accurate depiction of what has taken place.
The last thing the Middle East needs is another open conflict between two massive military powers. Fortunately, they both seem to agree.
A decades-long policy of ambiguity means that Israel's chemical arsenal remains the subject of speculation.
In choosing not to ban the live export trade even in the hottest northern months, the federal government is allowing animals to be put in conditions where they cannot possibly escape suffering.
Thanks to a violent fringe of protesters backed by Hamas, a far larger non-violent movement is struggling to control the narrative of what's happening in Gaza.
Just as Iran's centre ground was collapsing under political pressure, Donald Trump offered the hardliners a gift.
International NGOs are promoting a 'resilience agenda' that masks their own failings in Palestine.
A recent skirmish between Iran and Israel put the spotlight back on one of the most sensitive territories in the world.
Hugely divisive and controversial at home, Avigdor Lieberman is both an outspoken hawk and a political opportunist.
Flashy interceptor systems attract media and government attention. But bomb shelters and warning systems are at least as important in the midst of missile strikes.
Ever since the shocking spectacle of the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, American conservatives have reserved a special disdain for the Islamic Republic.
Iran is a dangerous mischief-maker in the Middle East – but scrapping the nuclear deal will probably make things worse.
Years of mediation by Russia have helped keep a direct Israeli-Iranian conflict off the agenda. But things have changed.
Israel's prime minister failed to undermine the validity of Iran's nuclear deal, and instead ended up demonstrating just how important it is.
Despite all claims to secular egalitarianism, the Assad family's decades of rule have been brutally elitist.
The new secretary of state once called the Iran nuclear deal 'unconscionable.' If he supports Trump's instinct to scrap the agreement on May 12, it could unleash violence across the volatile Mideast.