Alistair Burt is a former UK Member of Parliament who has twice held ministerial positions in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office — as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State from 2010 to 2013 and as Minister of State for the Middle East from 2017 to 2019. Twitter: @AlistairBurtUK
There should be zero tolerance for hostage takers
Good Friday Agreement a gift that should keep on giving
Why now is the time for UK to lead in Palestine
Shortly after I was appointed minister for the Middle East in May 2010, I asked Downing Street if the UK could become actively involved in assisting the efforts being made by the US to revive and deliver on the Middle East peace process.
British people are resilient … they’ve had to be
Time for world to recommit to UN’s ideals
It is not unusual for the annual UN General Assembly, referred to universally as UNGA, to take place in the shadow of a crisis somewhere, and this year is no exception.
UK’s choice of a new leader — and why it matters
The rest of the world might be forgiven for paying little attention to yet another change of Conservative prime minister in the UK. It is hardly rare — this will be the third such event since 2016 to be handled internally by the party in power rather than by the electorate.
Gap in the UK constitution may play into opposition’s hands
There is a famous Sherlock Holmes mystery that has given to the world an idiom: The curious case of the dog in the night that did not bark when it should have done.
A good time to close divisions between friends
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