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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. The immediate stimulus for such action was the viciously sustained bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, the old...
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Post-Brexit Britain must focus on its many strengths

  • Two years ago, I was in the Middle East when the British referendum on membership of the EU took place. I cast my proxy vote in favor of staying in the EU — I was and still am a “Remainer.” I went to bed thinking the country was staying in and woke to find we had voted to leave. The pollsters w...
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Change in Iran can only come from within

  • The Islamic Republic of Iran will on Monday celebrate the 40th anniversary of the revolution that brought it into being. It is unlikely that the rest of the world will celebrate in quite the same way. But, like it or not, the events of 1979 represent what the French scholar of Iran, Bernard ...
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Only genuine, radical and deep-seated reform can save Iraq

  • In 1381, ordinary people in many parts of England rose up. They were angry about jobs, pay, oppressive taxes and the corrupt influence of foreigners over government decisions. One of their leaders, Wat Tyler, is said to have lived in a village just a mile from where I write this. At Smithfield,...
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Virus crisis to accelerate breakdown in Iran’s client states

  • As if losing their most famous general and facing the prospect of unending US sanctions wasn’t enough, there’s now another thing for the embattled authoritarians of Tehran to worry about. It’s not the CIA, MI6 or Mossad, Delta Force or the SAS — it’s the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The viru...
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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. The Houthis, who (like...
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Conflict is the business Iran has chosen

  • My very first diplomatic posting to the Middle East was to the UAE in 1983. It was at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, which — after the retaking of Khorramshahr by Iranian forces the previous year — was about to become a bloody stalemate, characterized by human wave attacks, missile and artill...
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In the Middle East, money can’t buy you love 

  • The new Arab News/YouGov poll on US perceptions of the current dispute between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbors is both interesting and complex.  Interpreted properly, credible opinion polling is a highly valuable tool for understanding the reality of popular positions and their under...
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Myanmar — apportion blame and sanctions where they belong

  • Myanmar is back in the news again. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) is meeting in Geneva this week and will consider the recent report by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, headed by the distinguished former Indonesian Attorney-General and Cabinet Secretary Mar...
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We are living in an age of disorder and discontent

  • In his remarkable book, “Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century,” the British historian Geoffrey Parker explores in great detail the complex interaction of the physical environment, social change, political instability and armed conflict in an era of const...
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