Alistair Burt

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

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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.

February 10, 2023

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.

September 13, 2022

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.

August 05, 2022

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.

July 10, 2022