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Anthony Harris

Anthony Harris is former British ambassador to the UAE and career diplomat in the Middle East. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Russia benefits from American own-goals

When I first came to the Kingdom and the UAE in the 1960s and 70s, there were no Russians in these countries — they were not given visas in those days.

December 12, 2017

Sorry Brexit negotiations a sign of UK government’s feebleness

The failure on Monday of British Prime Minister Theresa May to do a deal on the first phase of Brexit — Britain’s plan to leave the EU in March 2019 — is another sign that something is wrong at the top of the government.

December 07, 2017

Brexit clock is ticking toward the point of no return

It is a source of wry amusement to me when European friends say with a straight face that if Britain voted to leave the EU, then there must be good reasons.

November 13, 2017

Mr. Twitterstorm meets the Quiet Man — but who has more clout?

US President Donald Trump will arrive in Beijing on Nov. 8 for his visit to China.

November 05, 2017

British people’s frustrations lie with their government

Britain may have lost its way when it gave up its empire 60-70 years ago, but it seemed to have found a role in Europe in the 1970s. Now Britain is very unsure of itself once again, with the government struggling to define what leaving the EU — Brexit — will mean. 

September 27, 2017

Britain to the rescue in the Gulf?

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, called for unity in the Gulf during a trip to the region, which began on Friday and included stops in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

July 11, 2017