Israel fears effect of Bibi’s recklessness

With no timetable, the prime minister will gamble he can outwait Obama’s last two years as president

A victory to add to Israel’s loneliness

A divisive leader’s win comes at a heavy price

Bibi squanders US relations

Israel’s PM may be misjudging the mood in both America and his own nation

Opinion: Ghosts of the past still haunt government

History is in danger of repeating itself

The hideous dialectic of Isis savagery

West should not underestimate the chillingly smart terror group

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

The slow strangulation of aspiration fans 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


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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