A year in a word: Caliphate

A surreal rigmarole that exacerbated the power struggle in the Middle East

Ingram Pinn illustration

A federal cure for a shattered Middle East

The ultra-centralism of the Arab security state is a recruiting sergeant for Isis

For Saudi Arabia, plunging oil prices are a political weapon

The Wahhabi nation’s visceral hatred of its Shia rivals should be factored into the equation

Egypt’s biggest problem is restoration of the security state

Army ring-fences its privileges and expands its economic empire

Book cover of 'Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms'

The Mideast’s vanishing religious variety

Gerard Russell’s ‘Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms’ explores bygone faiths

Jerusalem is no place to play with fire

Netanyahu’s slow strangulation of Palestinian aspiration can only fan the flames of extremism

Netanyahu is losing Europe’s goodwill

Israel slow to realise a change in sentiment over Palestine that could challenge its legitimacy

Isis shows political sophistication

Damaging the fragile cohesion of neighbouring states gives jihadis a reach beyond Syria and Iraq

Erdogan’s chance for peace with Kurds

This is the last generation of Turkish Kurd leaders with which Ankara could cut a deal

Politics, not bombs, will defeat Isis

Detente between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran is essential

US needs precision politics against Isis

Regional consensus is needed to stop the jihadis

Demons tormenting the Middle East

Obama’s idea of a self-regulating balance of power has dissolved in an acid cocktail

Saudis lose right of Sunni leadership

The kingdom spews out the corrosive poison that helps fuel religion-based fanaticism

Pointless Gazan war neither side wanted

This latest conflict suggests the threshold of bloodshed has risen

Mideast sectarianism masks a power lust

Forces at play have the power to resurrect the zombies of Osama bin Laden and the Ba’ath

Assad plays risky game in Isis conflict

Jihadist dream comes true if US backs Maliki

Iraq’s prime minister has become a recruiting sergeant for Isis

Iraqi failure reflects Syria’s lost narrative

Maliki has enabled itinerant gangs to claw their way back

Panic pushes Saudis towards Iran detente

U-turns do not come bigger than Riyadh’s shift from obloquy to olive branch

Unruly Erdogan’s divided Turkey

His instinct is to polarise and no one can prove to him that it does not work

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