A dangerous moment for Iran’s theocrats

The leadership has a preference for the Chinese model: open up the economy but not the politics

Iran poses economic challenge to Saudi Arabia

Opportunities eschewed by Riyadh will be taken up by their neighbours

Iran heralds a future without sanctions

Tehran has an opportunity to become a force for stability in a region in meltdown

House of Saud’s sectarian venom spreads

The ruling family, having incited Sunni-Shia conflict, will not be able to control it

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A hole at the heart of the Syrian crisis

The lack of mainstream Sunni leadership is a blight across the Middle East

Kurds a bigger threat than Isis for Turkey

Recent events highlight how shaky an ally Ankara is for the coalition against caliphate

Russia fears start of jihadi blowback

Vladimir Putin has pinned target on his nation’s back

Erdogan’s divisive rule comes at a price

President has used and abused state power to dominate media and purge dissident voices

Erdogan’s election gamble pays off

Turkey’s president has to pick up pieces of a divided country

Syria talks seek ‘course out of hell’

Most nations involved see need for Assad to stay on for while

Call the Kremlin’s bluff on Syria

Russia’s diplomatic plan conveys a lack of seriousness on Isis

Syria conflict will elude Putin’s control

President tries to show he has a decisive grip on the war but that already looks like a mirage

Europe picks a bad moment to engage Turkey

No wonder Erdogan was pictured beaming at his meeting with Merkel

Russia’s reckless Middle East adventure

Putin thinks that by storming into Syria he has taken rightful leadership of the winning coalition

Catalan poll sparks crisis for Spain

The status quo is no longer tenable. Reform along clearer federal lines is needed

Middle East conflicts confound outsiders

Risk, even in the war-torn region, is also opportunity

We must be realistic about intervention in Syria

The west must help the Sunni majority against both the Assad regime and Isis

Erdogan tightens leash on Turkish media

Journalists are in no doubt the state is out to quash dissent

Erdogan has second shot at one-man rule

Assault on PKK and siege in south-east are naked bid for votes

Turkey’s bombs reveal failed Syria policy

Erdogan fishing for nationalist votes tries to tar as terrorists the pro-Kurdish coalition


David Gardner David Gardner is International Affairs Editor at the FT, which he joined in 1978. He has been Chief Leader Writer, Middle East Editor, and an FT correspondent in Europe, Latin America and South Asia.

He writes columns, commentary and analysis, mainly on the Middle East.

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