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    1. February 28, 2014

      Good Friday agreement has bred complacency in Northern Ireland

      In his memoir Making Peace, the former US senator George Mitchell recalls being accosted by two women in the car park of his...

    2. December 6, 2013

      Modern-day treasure hunters

      The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Energy Revolution, by Gregory Zuckerman, Portfolio Penguin, 2013 In...

    1. FT Alphaville

      August 21, 2013

      Is the shale forecast curve hyperbolic, or exponential?

      The US shale gas production boom took everyone by surprise — apparently that includes George Mitchell himself, who was...

    2. August 2, 2013

      The energy visionary and father of fracking

      For decades, the Barnett Shale was an enigma. Oilmen knew that the formation, which stretches for miles under north Texas,...

    3. May 19, 2013

      John Kerry’s vaulting ambitions for US diplomacy

      Nobody ever accused John Kerry of lacking self-belief. Nor are they ever likely to. This week, for the fourth time since...

    4. November 5, 2012

      $6bn US poll sparks unease among voters

      A few weeks ago, George Mitchell, the Democratic former senator and US former envoy to the Middle East, had an intriguing...

    5. September 10, 2012

      As goes Maine, so goes the nation

      Now that the party conventions are done and dusted, the real world beckons. A good place to start is the far north-eastern...

    6. May 18, 2011

      A last chance to avert a collision at the UN

      President Barack Obama faces a dilemma as he prepares to deliver his long-awaited speech on the Middle East on Thursday....

    7. May 14, 2011

      Mitchell quits as envoy to Middle East

      George Mitchell, Barack Obama’s Middle East envoy, has resigned after two years of setbacks to US efforts to help resolve...

    8. FT Alphaville

      December 9, 2010

      US forced to rethink Middle East talks

      The US is reverting to the idea of indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians, just three months after Barack Obama...

    9. October 26, 2010

      US pushes prospect of Mideast peace deal 

      The US is floating the idea of a deal on borders for a future Palestinian state as the first step to a more comprehensive...

    10. October 15, 2010

      Israel settlers’ deal hits peace hopes

      International efforts to revive the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians suffered a setback on Friday,...

    11. October 3, 2010

      Middle East battle to keep talks alive

      George Mitchell, the US Middle East envoy, has said that both Israel and the Palestinians want to avoid a collapse of the...

    12. October 1, 2010

      US struggles to keep Mideast peace process going

      The US is struggling to keep the new Middle East peace process alive amid reports that it has offered Israel security...

    13. September 29, 2010

      US envoy to avert Middle East talks collapse

      George Mitchell, the US peace envoy, has opened a series of emergency meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as he...

    14. September 14, 2010

      Israelis and Palestinians meet in Egypt

      The Israeli and Palestinian leaders have travelled to Egypt for a second round of direct peace talks, but without resolving...

    15. September 1, 2010

      Shootings overshadow Mideast talks

      Barack Obama will on Wednesday meet the Palestinian and Israeli leaders in the White House as the US president’s...

    16. May 7, 2010

      Weary cast back on stage for latest production of 'Peace Process'

      The stage is set, the actors are primed, the American director is busy giving last-minute instructions. Any moment now, the...

    17. May 6, 2010

      Weary cast back to produce Middle East peace

      The stage is set, the actors are primed, the American director is busy giving last-minute instructions. Any moment now, the...

    18. April 27, 2010

      Israel's fear and loathing of Obama

      Israel's alarm at the deterioration in its relations with the US is palpable. In Jerusalem recently, even a liberal...

    19. April 27, 2010

      Obama renews push for peace in Middle East

      Barack Obama yesterday stepped up his push for Middle East peace talks as some diplomats said the rift between Israel and...

    20. April 27, 2010

      Obama renews push for peace in Middle East

      Barack Obama on Monday stepped up his push for Middle East peace talks as some diplomats said the rift between Israel and...

    21. April 26, 2010

      Israel’s fear and loathing of Obama

      Israel’s alarm at the deterioration in its relations with the US is palpable. In Jerusalem recently, even a liberal...

    22. April 24, 2010

      Obama plays down rift on Israel

      The Obama administration has played down signs of a growing rift with senior Democrats over White House criticism of the...

    23. April 23, 2010

      White House plays down rift over Israel

      The Obama administration has played down signs of a growing rift with senior Democrats over White House criticism of the...

    24. April 12, 2010

      US and Israel: An unsettled alliance

      Conflicting views: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) with US president Barack Obama in Washington last year....

    25. March 25, 2010

      Obama talks with Israeli PM fail to yield tangible results

      The US and Israel remained at odds yesterday after a meeting between Barack Obama, president, and Benjamin Netanyahu, prime...

    26. March 25, 2010

      Obama's talks with Israeli PM end with lack of real progress

      The US and Israel remained at odds yesterday after a meeting between Barack Obama, president, and Benjamin Netanyahu, prime...

    27. March 25, 2010

      US and Israel remain at odds after talks

      The US and Israel remained at odds on Wednesday after a meeting between Barack Obama, president, and Benjamin Netanyahu,...

    28. March 18, 2010

      Israel to address US settlement demands

      Efforts to heal the rift between the US and Israel were under way last night, as Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister,...

    29. March 18, 2010

      Israel to address US settlement demands

      Efforts to heal the rift between the US and Israel were under way last night, as Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister,...

    30. March 17, 2010

      Palestinians clash with police in Jerusalem

      Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police across occupied East Jerusalem yesterday, marking what the Islamist Hamas...

    31. March 16, 2010

      Palestinians clash with Israeli forces

      Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police across occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, marking what the Islamist...

    32. March 15, 2010

      Another option for Middle East peace

      From Dr Edward A. Tiryakian. Sir, The outcome of dispatching US Senator George Mitchell and Joe Biden, the vice-president,...

    33. March 13, 2010

      Israel spat fuels view of Obama as pushover

      Earlier this year, Barack Obama admitted he had overestimated his powers of persuasion with the Israelis and Palestinians....

    34. March 11, 2010

      Obama’s lack of Mideast muscle

      When Joe Biden visited Jerusalem to kick-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, all the US vice-president got was a...

    35. March 10, 2010

      Israeli housing hits peace moves

      Israel yesterday revealed plans to build a further 1,600 housing units in a Jewish settlement in occupied east Jerusalem,...

    36. March 10, 2010

      Israeli housing hits peace moves

      Israel yesterday revealed plans to build a further 1,600 housing units in a Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem, a...

    37. March 10, 2010

      Palace intrigue signals loss of discipline from Team Obama

      Franklin Roosevelt once said that people working for the US president should have a "passion for anonymity". Someone forgot...

    38. March 9, 2010

      Israeli housing push hits peace moves

      with Israel – a promise that may now be in doubt as a result of the latest settlement push in East Jerusalem. Joe Biden, US...

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