Sarah Chayes, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says politicians from both sides of the aisle are not taking seriously enough their duty to ensure they're not turning their government role into an opportunity to make a buck.
Iran's former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the shock move on Wednesday of registering for next month's presidential election, going against the advice of the supreme leader.
A fake Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was shuttered in Tehran this week, but that doesn't mean Iranians aren't preparing to work with western companies.
A nuclear deal with Iran is welcomed by many around the globe, including two brothers, one in Tehran and another in California
The Houthi takeover of much of Yemen has turned into a regional power struggle, as a Saudi-led military coalition has started attacking Houthi targets in Yemen. The intervention could now have far wider implications outside of Yemen, including at the nuclear negotiating table.
With oil prices down and the world's supply eventually running out, Saudi Arabia is looking to the future by constructing a massive new city from scratch along the Red Sea. The kingdom hopes it will provide a new source of income and trade, but it's not without its own problems.
As many as 1,000 foreign workers have been killed on construction sites in Qatar since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup four years ago. Poor pay, inhumane conditions, malnutrition and death — all are part of life for the men trying to build the new stadiums and hotels, while supporting their families.
For the first time, the US Navy has deployed a laser weapon on the high seas, ready to fry any drones or speedboats that might dare to attack. It's still a prototype for now, but it could be a first step in a new, lethal — and relatively cheap — era of naval combat.
The Sultanate of Oman has always been different than its neighbors in the Persian Gulf. It’s known as a calm, tranquil oasis, and frequent host to high-level secret talks between heads of opposing nations. But the most visible difference is an emphasis on local culture over glitz and glam.
A recent video from ISIS targeting recruits from Bahrain is part of an apparent new surge in calls for recruits from the Gulf states, where many observers think governments have turned a blind eye to extremism. And these new efforts are calling for people to take up arms at home, not just in Iraq or Syria.