David Patrikarakos

Israel's shadow war with Iran explodes into 'nuclear terrorism'

13 April 2021 2:41 am

If time flows at an even pace, then history does not. Joe Biden may still be new in the job,…

Greece and Britain’s long history of fighting autocracy

26 March 2021 3:28 am

As I write, it is mid-morning in Athens and fighter jets are roaring overhead. My windows rattle, the sky splinters,…

Walls go up after the Berlin Wall comes down

6 March 2021 9:00 am

In her 2017 travelogue Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe, the writer and poet Kapka Kassabova meets Emel,…

Iran’s missile diplomacy

19 February 2021 7:00 pm

It’s a time for delivering messages in the Middle East, where messages rarely come without their near constant attendant: violence.…

The toxic side-effect of the Trump Twitter ban

19 January 2021 1:33 am

Almost two weeks on from the storming of the US Capitol it’s becoming plainer that the most substantive changes to…

Iran's people will pay a heavy price for Khamenei's vaccine politics

9 January 2021 9:05 pm

The Middle East is changing. Israelis now splurge at Gucci and Rolex in Dubai. Saudi women speed down desert highways;…

John le Carré’s London of exiles is alive and well

20 December 2020 7:00 pm

    ‘I’m an Englishman born and bred, almost.’ So says Karim Amir, protagonist of Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of…

Why Egypt's brutal regime is cracking down on critics

1 December 2020 3:19 am

History is accelerating in the Middle East once more. Nuclear scientists are dying in Iran; and again, in Egypt, the…

Why Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed now

29 November 2020 12:53 am

Yesterday afternoon someone assassinated yet another scientist working on Iran’s nuclear programme. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh headed up the ministry of defence’s…

Can dynastic restoration revive Lebanese fortunes?

23 October 2020 11:03 pm

Once more Lebanon is in crisis, and once more its leaders turn to what they most understand to solve things:…

Iran's embargo imbroglio

20 October 2020 3:35 am

If 2020 is generally accepted to be a global annus horribilis, then it is perhaps fitting that the Islamic Republic…

Je Suis Charlie and the legacy of jihadism

14 September 2020 7:22 pm

‘You have insulted the prophet – we are al-Qaida Yemen.’ These words, terrifying yet clichéd, were spat at a female…

Did Erdogan order his generals to sink a Greek warship?

2 September 2020 9:02 pm

Could war finally be coming to the eastern Mediterranean? It’s not as excitable a question as it might first appear.…

An assassination verdict divides Lebanon

19 August 2020 7:05 pm

Almost a decade ago, I went to Lebanon to investigate who had killed its Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. It was…

Will health trump freedom in our post-coronavirus world?

15 August 2020 4:45 pm

Bernard Henri Levy’s latest book, The Virus in the Age of Madness, contains a striking quote from Rudolf Virchow, the 19thcentury…

The Israel-UAE peace deal was made in Iran

14 August 2020 3:09 am

The last time I was in Israel people were preparing for the worst. ‘This crazy bastard is going to annex…

Lebanon’s existential crisis

11 August 2020 5:28 am

It had to happen. On Monday evening, just under a week after 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a…

No bread, no heat, no hope: Life in Lebanon after the Beirut blast

6 August 2020 3:19 am

Once again, crisis comes to Lebanon. Once again, people are dying young in the Middle East. Last night an explosion…

Erdogan, Hagia Sophia and the rebirth of an Islamic Turkey

15 July 2020 7:27 pm

Here in Greece the temperature is rising. As July rolls on, the heat thickens: people become irritable in 40 degrees.…

Iran's second wave could come crashing down on the regime

2 July 2020 8:06 pm

If Iran has performed one role in the time of coronavirus it’s been as a harbinger of things to come.…

Extremists are going to thrive in the post-lockdown world

16 May 2020 7:00 pm

Throughout the lockdown I’ve been nagged by a persistent thought. As I sit indoors and read the news; as I…

Coronavirus has exposed Iran's rotten republic

6 May 2020 9:04 pm

If coronavirus has taught us anything it’s that if you really want to understand something of a state’s essential character,…

Kim Jong-un: dead or alive?

26 April 2020 7:45 pm

Yet again the news from Pyongyang is both disconcerting and vague. Yet again North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is rumoured…

Could the Covid crash spark another Arab Spring?

23 April 2020 2:26 am

They said we were going to uncouple from the Middle East. Barack Obama, they said, was going to pivot to…

A simple way for Keir Starmer to help Labour reject Corbynism

11 April 2020 5:32 pm

It’s over then. After almost five years, Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure as Labour leader has come to a close. Corbyn ended…