Middle East

Smoke rising from a building in the Syrian city of Daraya. Image: Getty

Assad will go – the question is how much blood will be spilled

16 January 2014 12:23

As we approach next week’s Geneva II Conference, the desire of the majority of Syrians, the moderate majority, for a…

Prince Charles pictured with leaders of the persecuted Syriac Orthodox Church. (Photo: Getty)

Thanks for trying, Charlie Boy

19 December 2013 13:06

I’d just like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our heir to the throne, Prince…

Injured Iraqi Christians wait outside a hospital after treatment following explosions near two Baghdad churches on 1 August 2004. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s refusal to defend Christians in the Middle East is shameful

11 December 2013 16:15

I have an ebook published next Thursday, called The Silence of Our Friends, on the persecution of Christians in the…

Iran went to Geneva with a plan: to buy time so that it can build a nuclear bomb. The international community, especially the West, had no plan. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

William Hague’s appeasement of Iran’s mullahs is a historic and terrible mistake

25 November 2013 16:31

Well, I wondered in this place last week if David Cameron knew what he was doing in relation to the…

The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images)

The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

23 September 2013 9:31

The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens…

Kerry And Hagel Testify At Senate Hearing On Use Of Force Against Syria

In London, John Kerry Promotes World’s Smallest Syrian Whirlwind

9 September 2013 12:25

There’s little need for people opposed to launching any kind of attack on Syria to expend much energy doing so…

UN inspectors inspect corpses in a hospital outside Damscus. Photo: YouTube/AFP/Getty Images

George Osborne: There’ll be no second Commons vote on Syria

1 September 2013 10:39

There’ll be no second parliamentary vote on Syria, George Osborne stressed this morning. There had been speculation that following President…

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Premature engagement in Syria is wrong for Britain

28 August 2013 17:51

The events in Syria are distressing. The pictures and reports of an alleged chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians with…


Who is optimistic about the Middle East now?

3 August 2013 14:23

This weekend’s closing of US embassies in the Muslim world and the British embassy in Yemen combined with the warning…

A Palestinian man holds a placard demanding the release of prisoners ahead of the latest talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Freeing terrorists for peace?

30 July 2013 14:16

Amid all the bloodshed in Egypt and Syria at the moment the fact that the Israelis and Palestinians are once…

A boy climbs on a bonfire made from pallets and old tyres on the Loyalist Ballycraigy estate in Antrim, near Belfast. (Image: Getty)

Ulster’s Orangemen show that Britain can do internecine vindictiveness too

11 July 2013 10:23

This all looks terribly good fun, don’t you think? Spectacular towers which will make wonderful bonfires: it must have taken…

A Syrian army tank patrols an area in th

Cameron wants to change the military balance in Syria, but how do you do that without arming the Islamists?

16 June 2013 18:20

David Cameron and Vladimir Putin have just concluded their pre G8 talks, the main topic of which was Syria. Cameron…

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A mass grave and a refugee camp for Syrians – Iraqi Kurdistan teaches that military intervention can work

10 June 2013 17:16

Two experiences stand out from my recent visit to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq: meeting refugees fleeing Syria at the…


Syria: What has changed to make western intervention a necessary or realistic policy?

6 June 2013 11:01

Peter Oborne is back in his David-Cameron-is-not-Disraeli-he’s-mad mode this week. He accuses the Prime Minister of losing the plot over…

William Hague led this afternoon's Commons debate on Europe. Picture: Getty

Does William Hague know what he is doing with Syria?

31 May 2013 11:16

A week or so after the murder of a British soldier by two psychopathic savages in Woolwich, the Foreign Secretary…

A picture taken of protests taking place on Jerusalem Day held earlier in the week. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking shamefully boycotts Israel

10 May 2013 11:32

I thought readers might be interested in this piece by me in today’s Mail. It is on the appalling decision…

Jerusalem Security Heightened Amid Threat Of Attacks

Death of the Two-State Solution

12 March 2013 13:49

At the (rejuvenated) New Republic, Ben Birnbaum has a comprehensive and comprehensively-depressing survey of the last-gasp prospects for a two-state…


No, the Syrian civil war is not "Obama's Rwanda"

28 February 2013 15:30

Today’s Question To Which the Answer Is No is asked by Will Inboden over at Foreign Policy. To wit: Has…

Jack Straw Is Recalled To Give Evidence At the Iraq Inquiry

Jack Straw’s parting gift

27 February 2013 15:58

Jack Straw cropped up in the Telegraph yesterday claiming that even if Iran does acquire nuclear weapons it wouldn’t be…


What Iran wants in Syria

10 February 2013 21:26

The Washington Post has an important story about how the Iranian regime is preparing for post-Assad Syria. The paper reports…

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech under a portrait of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Image: Getty

Breakfast with the Supreme Leader

5 February 2013 8:13

I have a piece in the Wall Street Journal (Europe) this morning: ‘Take Iran At Its Word’ can be found…

Netanyahu Casts His Vote In Israel's General Election

Israel Votes and Hope Loses - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 16:18

Today’s Israeli election does not, it is fair to say, take place in at a moment of supreme hope in…

A political opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is bound in gaol. Image: Getty

BBC begins to see that the Arab Spring has not sprung

11 December 2012 10:18

Hugely exciting Ten O Clock News last night on the Arab Spring – or ‘Arab Uprising’ as the BBC now…

Bashar Assad, back when he was a 'goodie', meeting President Khatami of Iran in 2001. Image: Getty.

Tyranny’s fellow travel writers (Part 3)

9 December 2012 19:21

Earlier this year I noted a piece by Michael Moynihan in Foreign Policy. He looked at how the authors of…

Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations earlier this evening. Image: Getty.

Abbas and the death of the two-state solution

29 November 2012 22:19

If anybody still wonders why there has not been a two-state solution long ago to the most famous – albeit…