Bruce Riedel is the Director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution. His new book, Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR, will be published this fall.

A GAME OF CHICKEN’S NECK

China has moved its troops into a position where it could cut India off from all of its provinces in the northeast. Soldiers from the two countries are now eyeball-to-eyeball.

General Confusion

Islamabad would love to keep its distance from Riyadh’s looming showdown with Tehran. But now, having backed away from Yemen, it’s sent a top general to take command.

SLIPPERY SLOPE

If the Republican candidate followed through on his frequent calls to take Iraq’s oil, we’d be looking at hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops back in the Middle East.