It won’t be easy but regional powers can make it happen if they make the right choices.
Posts Tagged: Middle East
Plus: May’s EU trials, Labour’s EU shifts – and how Russia got there before Trump by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Well, part of it.
Trump may be an erratic man-child, but the Jerusalem policy makes cold, hard political sense for him
The loud disapproval of those who never liked him anyway, and a possibly violent response in the Arab world, serve the President’s purposes.
Garvan Walshe: In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia plays with fire. And there is no American adult to provide supervision.
The Saudi crown prince is in a hurry on every front – if anyone is advising him to take care, then he is certainly not listening to them.
The goals of the young Crown Prince are broadly in line with ours. But we should be urging calm thinking and cool heads.
Theresa May: “We are proud of our pioneering role in the creation of the State of Israel.” Speech to the Balfour Centenary Dinner. Full text.
“A peace deal that must be based on a two-state solution, with a safe and secure Israel alongside a viable and sovereign Palestinian State.”
Iraq may be a voluntary union in theory, but in practice it is sectarian, over-centralised, and coercive.
The Crown Prince has taken the lesson from neighbouring Arab states. Progress may be slow, but it cannot be reversed.
I can’t find a single example of this policy successfully moderating such an organisation, but plenty of it distorting Western policy.
The Kurds have proved to be staunch allies against Daesh, and their forthcoming referendum will help them protect both themselves and us.
The savage attacks we have witnessed must drive us to work more closely with our regional allies.
The next few years abroad will be as absorbing as any in recent years, and will demand more of the new Tory intake’s attention than might be considered usual.
Obama’s desperate and impotent decision to abandon the Middle East to the Russians is being overturned. Not before time.
The UK should urgently engage with the Libyan National Army, and support its efforts to defeat the Islamist militias in the West of the country.
It must be a target for expanded sanctions.