Middle East

A Syrian Precedent

In 64BC, Roman general Pompey annexed a potentially volatile Syria. Then, as now, where Western concerns are paramount, intervention needs to be diplomatic and risk-taking

Underrated: Tony Blair

The former Prime Minister, whose call for Western military intervention in Syria is consistent with his words and actions in office

Ennui Questions

'Rather than being "tired of war", more likely the American public is tired of not actually winning one for some time'

Hamlet Of The White House

'Obama found it easier to perform the role of critical intellectual than commander-in-chief'

Admit It, Mr Kerry: You Blundered

“John Kerry’s gaffe has changed the course of history. He is now engaged in a protracted negotiation with the Russians, which may give Assad the time he needs to win the civil war”

Arab Spring, Islamist Summer — What Next?

Three years after revolution first hit the Middle East, it remains unclear whether countries in the region will yet forge pluralistic democracies

Erdogan’s Folly

For the neo-Ottoman Turkish Prime Minister, the project for Gezi Park is an iconic step towards the return of a muscular Islamic state

Middle-Eastern Myths

'If peace is to be attained in the Middle East, six mistaken assumptions must first be discarded'

Syria Isn’t Bosnia: Don’t Arm the Rebels

Assisting the Free Syria Army to overthrow Assad by force will only lead to further religious persecution, torture and death

Neoconservatism: A Good Idea That Won’t Go Away

Critics like to think that neoconservative ideas lie buried in the sands of Iraq. But neocons are still in the mainstream of US politics

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"