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Yossi Mekelberg

Yossi Mekelberg is professor of international relations at Regent’s University London, where he is head of the International Relations and Social Sciences Program. He is also an associate fellow of the MENA Program at Chatham House. He is a regular contributor to the international written and electronic media.

Twitter: @YMekelberg

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History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes

For those who lived through or studied the period of the Cold War, there is now an inescapable and increasing feeling of deja vu.

April 10, 2018

Gaza: It’s time the world came off the fence

The proverb “Good fences make good neighbours” exists in quite a few cultures. However, the security fence along the border between Israel and the besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza reminds me more of the resentment at this notion expressed by the American poet Robert Frost.

April 07, 2018

Youth of the world must unite and keep marching

There is a habitual complaint, by almost anyone of an older generation, that today’s youth is not as committed to the common cause as those who came before them.

April 04, 2018

Why Oslo’s legacy should not be dismissed

The 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, which it was hoped would be the beginning of the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will be marked later this year. It will be marked more than celebrated.

March 31, 2018

Putin and the yearning for a new Russian empire

The interrogator O’Brien, an agent of the totalitarian state who is one of the main characters in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” declares at one point: “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

March 24, 2018

Israel’s final act of turning its back on African asylum seekers

As has become customary in Israel, the High Court of Justice remains the last bastion of the country’s conscience and serves as its moral compass. Last week, it temporarily halted the deportation of African asylum seekers to Rwanda and Uganda.

March 20, 2018

Wasting time won’t stop the ticking of the Brexit clock

​This time next year the UK is expected to pack its bags, depart the EU and start life anew, returning to its state of splendid isolation.

March 17, 2018