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Chris Doyle

Chris Doyle is director of the London-based Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU). He has worked with the council since 1993 after graduating with a first class honors degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Exeter University. He has organized and accompanied numerous British parliamentary delegations to Arab countries.

Twitter: @Doylech

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Disorder in the British foreign policy establishment

US President Donald Trump may have trashed all previous records in losing or firing key members of his administration, but British Prime Minister Theresa May is playing an impressive catchup.

November 14, 2017

Stepping up: Israel’s increasing anxiety about Syria

Syria is very popular in the Middle East. Practically every regional power has sent forces, intervened, sponsored proxies or affected this conflict in some way. Yet perhaps one actor that has received less attention than most is Israel. 

November 07, 2017

A country in denial over 100 years of betrayal

The tensions over the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration are accelerating to the long-expected fever pitch, outside Israel-Palestine and nowhere more so than in Britain.  

October 31, 2017

Call time on the charade of Israeli ‘democracy’

Despite all its extraordinary efforts, the current Israeli coalition has yet to kill off talk of a two-state solution, a Palestinian state and peace deals. Even President Donald Trump still refers to this, as of course do pesky irritating European leaders. 

October 31, 2017

Well done, America, you’ve crushed Daesh. Now what?

Of all the cities in the Middle East that have been flattened in the past five years, and the list is long, Raqqa has been crushed to the greatest silence.

October 26, 2017

Two cheers (but only two) for Palestinian reconciliation

Gaza is in massive humanitarian crisis — its water undrinkable, its beaches polluted, its economy non-existent. Over 40 percent of its workforce is unemployed. Basic medicines are barely available. Electricity flows for just two hours. It is, according to Save the Children, uninhabitable.

October 16, 2017

Boris gaffe highlights West’s anti-Arab racism

How should one react to this comment: “They literally have a brilliant vision to turn Las Vegas… into the next Dubai. The only thing they’ve got to do is clear the dead bodies away and then they’ll be there.”

October 11, 2017

What exactly does it mean to be ‘a little bit racist’?

Britain is by most accounts one of the most open, multicultural and tolerant societies in Europe. London is at the heart of that, but other cities share its cosmopolitan feel. Millions of businessmen, tourists and students can testify to this.

October 02, 2017

How Theresa May lost the plot in the city of Machiavelli

A succession of prime ministerial speeches are the milestones on Britain’s journey to the edge of the EU and the precipice of Brexit. Theresa May delivered her second such oration last week in Florence, the city of Machiavelli. 

September 25, 2017

50 years on, stereotypes of Arab world still linger

Fifty years ago, an opinion poll found that 98 percent of the British population knew little or nothing about the Arab world. This was a prime concern for the newly created Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU).

September 24, 2017