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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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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

Germany’s grand coalition by default

It is rare for leaders, as successful as they might be, to leave office at the height of their power. When the next German election takes place, the name of the country’s current chancellor, Angela Merkel, is not likely to appear on the ballot papers.

March 13, 2018

How soon before Netanyahu is packing his bags for good?

In recent months, the only questions the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been happy to be asked by people in uniform are the ones at the airport on his way out of the country, such as “Are these your bags?” or “Did you pack your suitcase yourself?” To be asked if anyone gave him something wo

March 10, 2018

Cities are our future — but we must make them work

One of the reactions to the Industrial Revolution, as it began to go full steam ahead in the late 18th century, was Romanticism, a movement that glorified nature and with it life in the countryside.

March 06, 2018

What should we do with militants who come back home?

The capture in Syria of two of Britain’s most wanted terrorists, Alexanda Kotey and El-Shafee Elsheikh, the last remaining members of a notorious Daesh cell, and who were dubbed “The Beatles” by their hostages because of their English accents, prompted a public debate about whether they should be

March 03, 2018

Can the world come back from the brink?

In his opening remarks at the recent 54th Munich Security Conference, the conference chairman Wolfgang Ischinger asked, almost begged the line-up of senior politicians, diplomats and generals to present solutions, not to embark on blame games or fearmongering.

February 27, 2018