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 …

Russia and the Middle East

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As sometimes in Cold War days, the congruence between Russian and Western interests in the Middle East is so close as to be almost embarrassing. But the Russian style has changed; asked by a listener how he got such a nice tan the Russian Foreign Minister replied "Just dark complexion, I take after my mother …