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Peter Welby

Peter Welby is a consultant on religion and global affairs, specializing in the Arab world. Previously he was the managing editor of a think tank on religious extremism, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics, and worked in public affairs in the Arabian Gulf. He is based in London, and has lived in Egypt and Yemen. Twitter: @pdcwelby.

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What the Brunson affair tells us about the power of the religious freedom lobby in America

Of all the consequences of 2016’s attempted coup in Turkey, the imposition of sanctions on Turkish ministers by the United States would have appeared the least likely. After all, Turkey was – and remains – a NATO ally. Yet the dispute only seems to be escalating.

August 26, 2018

Johnson’s playground insults give Tories a problem

I’m sure that the Barclay brothers, owners of Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, are delighted. The reaction to an article by Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, has guaranteed them huge web traffic. Nothing drives clicks like controversy.

August 12, 2018

For whom the bell tolls, the Adhan also calls…

The atheist academic Richard Dawkins’ lazy anti-Muslim prejudice has made an unwelcome return to the limelight.

July 24, 2018

West could learn counter-extremism lessons from the Gulf

Counter-extremism programs are delicate creatures. Constructed in haste, they can cause more trouble than they solve. But, made too cautiously, they won’t do the job they are designed for. Unfortunately for governments who need to show action to a concerned public, they often do both.

June 13, 2018