In the past week, the Biden administration has shown it is willing to back up words with actions in dealing with both Iran and Saudi Arabia.
In the long term the US still needs Saudi Arabia as an ally in the Middle East.
Air New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have both potentially breached international human rights agreements. The government must demand answers.
A decade ago, the lack of a clear policy by the Obama administration let the region down. But might US have another opportunity in the Middle East?
Underlying issues which led to the three-year dispute have not been resolved.
These findings represent the earliest evidence for Homo sapiens on the Arabian Peninsula, and demonstrates the importance of Arabia for understanding human prehistory.
'Beta testing' of bold ideas is rare in foreign affairs, but the UAE and Bahrain have provided just such a test case for the Saudis in their own push to normalise relations with Israel.
Gulf monarchies emerged from the Arab Spring relatively unscathed, while some Middle East republics were devastated by civil war. Here's how they managed — and how education may have played a part.
Muslims throughout the world will celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha, or Festival of Sacrifice, beginning at sundown on July 30, but the coronavirus has changed many things.
Gulf states have given women great education, but they are still very limited participants in the workplace.
Expanding pilgrimage is a key part of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 – COVID-19 has put that on hold.
Saudi Arabia is barring international visitors for the hajj. A scholar explains a long history of disease, politics and war that have previously prevented people from making the journey to Mecca.
Oil prices are going through what some have termed Black April, but the bigger question is what happens longer term to US oil.
The states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have exploited the underlying threats of the virus to bolster their own survival strategies.
Alberta oil is the collateral damage of the oil war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, with COVID-19 launching an additional attack. The province's oil industry will struggle to recover.
It is in Canada's national interest to remain a significant player in the oil and gas production.
COVID-19 is a huge challenge for the whole world, and Canadian oil producers, already suffering from long-term market trends, will be particularly badly hit.
What's been going on in Saudi Arabia?
Has the world entered an era of ultra-low prices? An energy scholar argues that a long period of low oil prices will set the U.S. – and globe – back on the economy and the environment.
Now that passive funds have eclipsed their actively managed competitors, climate finance is increasingly in some new pairs of hands.