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 …

Countering violent extremism – and drones

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American concern with violent extremism focused on Muslims. Problems of understanding. Killing by drone an easy option, but is it legal? Does it make things worse? In February the White House hosted a three day CVE (“Countering Violent Extremism”) Summit, the centrepiece of dozens of CVE events, briefings, and gatherings in …

America in the Middle East: blind man’s buff

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America in the Middle East: blind man's buffas Washington’s Palestine and Iran assumptions change, it is taking less of a leadership role, and in the prevailing Sunni/Shia conflicts finds itself on both sides. An assessment issued by Stratfor the US consultancy close to the Pentagon and the CIA immediately after the Saudi attack on Yemen ends with the …