Time to stop holding Saudi Arabia’s hand. Jeremy Shapiro and Richard Sokolsky make the case against trying to “reassure” the Saudis and the other Gulf states.

Currying favor at Camp David. Paul Pillar warns against making new commitments to the Gulf states at the GCC summit.

A defense pact with the GCC is folly. Emma Ashford explains why the U.S. should make neither formal nor informal commitments to defend the Gulf states.

The summit snub that wasn’t. Michael Stephens challenges the common view that the Saudis and others snubbed the administration.

A nuclear race in the Near East is more rhetoric than reality. Jessica Varnum refutes the claim that a nuclear deal will trigger regional proliferation.

Proliferation does not beget proliferation. Albert Wolf explains why nuclear proliferation is unlikely to happen in the Near East.

Peace is coming to Colombia. Oliver Kaplan argues that the peace negotiations between FARC and the government are not yet in danger of collapsing despite recent setbacks.

What Vatican recognition of Palestine means. Ishaan Tharoor puts the Vatican’s recognition of Palestinian statehood in context.