US dominance over the international oil system has influenced the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The US has historically asked for international support when brewing conflicts in the Middle East boiled over.
The Trump administration may believe they have the key to an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement – when others have failed. But it ignores how Israelis and Palestinians feel about such an agreement.
With Iran and India on manoeuvres and the war in Yemen still unfolding, Pakistan's stakes in the Middle East are as high as ever.
A kingdom under pressure is fomenting crisis elsewhere.
As a crackdown on Qatar goes off half-cocked, the world is worrying Saudi Arabia's new order could be even more dangerous.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
The growing Arab military, political and religious influence is only the latest example of an external force taking hold in the Horn of Africa.