Gulf leaders to Camp David

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Preparations for Obama's meeting with Gulf leaders clouded by speculation about King Salman's last-minute cancellation. Wide and elusive agenda. First, three comments on yesterday's posting "Britain and the Arabs": 1*A recently retired British ambassador comments "Thanks for this interesting report. I wonder if it does justice to Ministers in Cameron’s first government? …

Britain and the Arabs

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Britain’s relations still conditioned by history, but the election revealed declining British interest in “overseas”. UK remains involved in the Middle East, but likely to be reactive rather than proactive. Britain’s relations with the Arab world today can not be divorced from history, which has of course both a positive and a negative side. British imperialism and in particular the history of the British mandates in Palestine and Iraq have left bitter memories, still only partly faded. To some extent this has been compensated by the close …