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Reza Aslan

Bahrain's government responded to national protests by portraying itself as the victim of a Shia revolt. In reality, that is precisely what the government has always wanted the uprising to become.

John R. Bradley

From the very beginning of the revolt in the Middle East, Riyadh has reached beyond its borders to influence events. So far, the kingdom has successfully outmaneuvered its rival Iran. Democracy, meanwhile, hasn't even qualified as an afterthought.

Mohsen M. Milani

Yesterday's announcement of a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States is just the latest story in the struggle now unfolding between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Joost R. Hiltermann

The small island kingdom of Bahrain has emerged as a crucial test of the Obama administration's response to the Arab Spring. But Washington has been too passive so far: it has far more leverage over the ruling Khalifa family than it is currently wielding.

Justin Gengler

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has blamed Bahrain's recent protests on Shia extremists. But close examination reveals that Shia there are more secular than their Sunni counterparts.

Alexander Cooley and Daniel H. Nexon

For years, Pentagon officials took comfort in the relative stability of Bahrain, which serves as a major base for the U.S. military. But the protests in the country have raised concerns that it will evict U.S. forces -- part of a broader pattern that is jeopardizing U.S. basing agreements around the world.

This article appears in the Foreign Affairs/CFR eBook, The New Arab Revolt.

Robert H. Pelletreau

This is a threshold moment for the entire Middle East. It is still unclear how far revolution will spread and what will come of it, but the president’s deft handling of the crisis has strengthened his foreign policy record.

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