Middle East

How did US intelligence get Afghanistan so wrong?

19 August 2021 7:51 am

It may well go down as the understatement of the year. In a quite extraordinary address to the nation after…

Who cares what Ben & Jerry’s think about Israel-Palestine?

20 July 2021 11:44 pm

When you think of the Israel-Palestine conflict, ice cream doesn’t usually come up. But that may be about to change.…

The Afghan withdrawal will only embolden the West’s enemies

13 July 2021 8:39 am

‘How many thousands more Americans, daughters and sons, were you willing to risk?’ Biden asked critics of the decision to…

How China won over the Middle East

12 June 2021 9:00 am

How China won over the Middle East

Is the worst yet to come in the Middle East?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

If Iran steps in, the worst is still to come

The strange tale of NEOM: Saudi Arabia’s struggling desert megacity

24 April 2021 4:30 pm

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is desperate to shake Saudi Arabia’s addiction to oil. Its price has still not recovered from…

Al Qaeda and Iran’s dangerous partnership

17 January 2021 7:00 pm

What does the world’s foremost Shia power and the most notorious Sunni terror group have in common? Given that the…

The beauty and tragedy of Lebanon

19 December 2020 9:00 am

I was thinking about tragedy. Could one use the term ‘chronically tragic’? My first instinct is against. Tragedy is the…

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The never-ending smugness of the NeverTrumpers

19 December 2020 3:32 am

In March 2016 as Donald Trump looked likely to be the Republican party’s nominee to run for president, more than 100 foreign…

Iran vs the rest: the Middle East has reached a tipping point

5 December 2020 9:00 am

The next six weeks will be crucial for the Middle East

Biden would be a fool to reverse Trump's foreign policy wins

24 November 2020 11:32 pm

‘We’re going to be back in the game,’ our presumptive and somewhat previous new president tells us. ‘It’s not America…

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Does Trump deserve a Nobel Peace Prize?

14 September 2020 10:57 pm

Should Donald Trump be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? So far the President has notched up two nominations in a…

The Foreign Office has lost the plot in the Middle East

22 August 2020 9:00 am

The Foreign Office has lost the plot

Have Arab nations forgotten about Palestine by accepting Israel?

20 August 2020 3:21 am

The Palestinians are entering one of the most precarious periods in their nation’s history. The normalisation of relations between Israel…

The mood in Lebanon is for revolution

15 August 2020 9:00 am

The mood in Lebanon is for revolution

Is it too late to save Lebanon?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The country is collapsing

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…

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Will coronavirus lead to a US war with Iran?

13 March 2020 9:53 pm

In a roundabout way, coronavirus may have been responsible for the deaths of two American service personnel and a British…

Ten years on, the Arab Spring has only benefited the Islamists

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Ten years on, the Arab Spring’s legacy is hopelessness and helplessness

Netflix's Messiah is a great concept undermined by implausible politics

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Sky’s latest bingewatch potboiler Cobra can’t quite make up its mind whether it wants to be an arch, knowing House……

All forecasts are off if Iran shuts the Strait of Hormuz

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… Late last year, a range of forecasts…

The Middle East for dummies

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   The French have a saying: ‘Il n’y a rien de plus bête que le sourire du gagnant.’ In…

Islam’s reformation: an Arab-Israeli alliance is taking shape in the Middle East

21 December 2019 9:00 am

When Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman in 2018 in a gesture of goodwill to Israel’s neighbours, the welcome was not universal.…

Ivory plaque of a lioness mauling a man, ivory, gold, cornelian, lapis lazuli, Nimrud, 900 BC–700 BC. [© The Trustees of the British Museum]

The Assyrians of Ashurbanipal’s time were just as into pillage and destruction as Isis

1 December 2018 9:00 am

The Assyrians placed sculptures of winged human-headed bulls (lamassus) at the entrances to their capital at Nineveh, in modern Mosul,…

Trump’s anti-Iran vendetta is starting to backfire

3 November 2018 9:00 am

It says something about the level of political discourse in America that Donald Trump decided to trumpet sanctions on Iran…