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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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Embattled May’s options are shrinking

It is hard to remember a day since the June 2017 election that went by without leaked reports of Tory plots to oust British Prime Minister Theresa May, bloodcurdling threats if there is no hard Brexit, or accusations of treachery at any hint of backsliding on commitments to exit anything European

February 05, 2018

Media has an opportunity to rebuild precious trust

Trust has become a scarce commodity, and nowhere is this more contested than over the Fourth Estate, the media. 

January 29, 2018

Only Palestinian refugees will suffer if UNRWA funding is stopped

The alarming rise in numbers of both refugees and displaced people in the Middle East is one of the most terrifying features of the recent conflicts that have scarred the region.

January 22, 2018

Syria in need of a credible political process

The Syrian regime’s escalating assault on the last major opposition-controlled area of Idlib in the northwest of the country brings into serious question whether the whole Astana process can continue.

January 15, 2018

Iranian regime’s fundamental shortcomings behind protests

Not since 2009 have Iranian citizens challenged the regime with such widespread, extended protests.

January 01, 2018

Lack of trust could scupper Brexit trade talks in 2018

No doubt 2017 cannot end fast enough for Theresa May. Terrorist attacks in Britain, a humbling election in June, followed by never-ending speculation about whether she would survive even this far, and a humiliating defeat in the Commons on Brexit.

December 18, 2017

EU must wake from its slumber to save Jerusalem

The US’ Jerusalem recognition and embassy saga poses a huge challenge to the rest of the world — of course for Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, even Israel, and very definitely to the European powers.

December 12, 2017

Far-right’s anti-Islam agenda boosted by Trump’s retweets

Just how one of the most vile, racist and extremist groups in Britain appeared on the Twitter radar of the president of the world’s most powerful state may remain a mystery.

December 06, 2017

Putin is leading but may not have it all his way

Not for the first time, Russia has announced it is pulling back troops in Syria. President Vladimir Putin made much the same announcement in March 2016, yet it was soon reversed.

November 27, 2017