The Most Powerful Arab Ruler Isn’t M.B.S. It’s M.B.Z.

Prince Mohammed bin Zayed grew the U.A.E.’s power by following America’s lead. He now has an increasingly bellicose agenda of his own. At times, the prince has contradicted American policy and destabilized
neighbors. Rights groups have criticized him for jailing dissidents at
home, for his role in creating a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and for backing the Saudi prince whose agents killed the dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi.

How a Trump Ally Tested the Boundaries of Washington’s Influence Game

Elliott Broidy had the kind of past that might have given a more
traditional White House reason to keep him at a distance: A wealthy
businessman, he had pleaded guilty in 2009
to giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to New York State
officials to help land a $250 million investment from the state’s
pension fund.