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Sir John Jenkins

Sir John Jenkins is a senior fellow at Policy Exchange. Until December 2017, he was Corresponding Director (Middle East) at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), based in Manama, Bahrain and was a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. He was the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia until January 2015

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Keeping Iran off balance may allow Yemen deal

The latest reports from Yemen suggest that largely local forces trained, equipped and supported by the UAE and with air cover provided by the Saudi-led coalition, have made significant progress toward Hodeidah, securing most of the airport area and advancing on the port.

June 29, 2018

Iran continues to reap benefits of opportunism and division

A headline on a prominent news site suggested that US President Donald Trump was wrong to make overtures to North Korea about denuclearization because it is a murderous regime that persecutes its people at home and abroad, and has a profoundly destabilizing influence in its region.

June 15, 2018

Elections won’t improve the Middle East, good governance will

Elections are like London buses: You wait impatiently for one to turn up and then a whole fleet arrives at once. This year we have already seen Egypt’s latest presidential election, and in May we’ll have parliamentary elections in Iraq and Lebanon.

April 04, 2018

The dawn of a new world Order?

Just over 100 years ago, the great Anglo-Polish novelist Joseph Conrad published “The Secret Agent.” The story’s central character is a man called Verloc, who is in the pay of a foreign power represented by a diplomat named Vladimir, who presses him to commit an act of violent provocation against

March 22, 2018

UN has to be the forum for achieving peace

The UN Security Council last month adopted Resolution 2401 calling for an immediate ceasefire, the protection of civilians and unrestricted humanitarian access across the whole of Syria.

March 06, 2018

At last, the world wakes up to Iran’s malign ambitions

Signs of the times; you know things are changing when you find Saleh Al-Hamwi, a founder of Jabhat Al-Nusra now reportedly affiliated with Ahrar Al-Sham, tweeting his welcome for recent Israeli military action in Syria and urging them to do more to combat Iranian influence there.

February 17, 2018