How dangerous is the Sunni-Shia schism?

6 January 2024 9:00 am

What unites the two groups is more fundamental than what divides them, says Barnaby Rogerson, and the more serious conflict among Muslims concerns ethnicity and language

Joe Biden’s Middle East diplomacy is a wreck

19 October 2023 12:44 am

Joe Biden prides himself on his decades of foreign-policy experience, his ability to talk tough yet be kind, and his…

What Iran gains from the conflict in Israel

14 October 2023 9:00 am

What Iran gains from provoking Israel

Has VR finally come of age?

14 October 2023 9:00 am

VR ‘immersion’ is everywhere in London this autumn, but is it of any value? Stuart Jeffries takes the plunge

Kamikaze drones are the future of warfare

17 September 2023 4:30 pm

The West is struggling to confront the modern military technologies of Russia, Iran and China. A year and a half…

A trail of dirty money

19 August 2023 9:00 am

In 2015, a dedicated DEA agent pursues a Mafia capo involved in a vast cocaine shipment, a Hezbollah militia leader and an elaborate Middle Eastern arms-trafficking ring

Broken dreams

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Interviewing the Continent’s refugees and poorest rural inhabitants, Ben Judah reveals a world far removed from Brussels politics or Eurovision optimism

Can we brainwash our enemies?

6 April 2023 4:49 am

Disinformation is on the rise, and Britain’s spies are on the back foot. Our intelligence leaders warn about election meddling,…

Salman Rushdie was never safe

19 August 2022 9:36 pm

The stabbing of Salman Rushdie sends a renewed message to the world: take Islamism – the transformation of the Islamic…

The West cannot do business with Iran

14 August 2022 4:41 am

Salman Rushdie’s would-be assassin might have been a lone wolf. He might have had no contact with military or intelligence…

The odd couple: Israel and Turkey’s tentative alliance

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Israel and Turkey’s tentative alliance

Starmer is playing into Iran's hands

23 March 2022 9:45 pm

Who was to blame for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe being held captive in Iran? It shouldn’t take a professor of ethics to…

Why is Biden copying Obama's mistakes with Iran?

23 March 2022 6:00 pm

There was a picture taken today that says more than just a thousand words. The photograph was snapped in Sharm…

A history lesson for those calling Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'ungrateful'

23 March 2022 6:40 am

In the latest installment from the idiot age of Twitter, #ungratefulcow has been trending. The reason? Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had expressed, mildly and politely,…

Hacks in uproar about Nazanin briefing

22 March 2022 9:40 pm

Welcome home Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, released after six years imprisonment. The 43-year-old returned to the UK last week after the government settled a…

How the Foreign Office secured Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release

17 March 2022 5:25 am

There was a rare display of unity in the Commons chamber this afternoon when Liz Truss gave a statement on…

Can Boris get the Saudis to pump more oil?

12 March 2022 2:30 am

The oil price is up by more than 40 per cent since the start of the year. It is being…

Inside Joe Biden’s disastrous negotiations with Iran

1 January 2022 6:00 pm

One of the West’s great foreign policy failures of 2021 was the Iran nuclear negotiations, which remained bitterly unresolved as…

Mossad is prepraring to strike at the heart of Iran’s nuclear programme

5 December 2021 7:00 pm

Iran is about to be hit by a fresh wave of Mossad operations, sources in Jerusalem have told me. This…

Iran is an immediate winner of the Taliban takeover

25 August 2021 5:00 pm

A staple of observing politics is watching rhetoric curdle into reality. Operation Enduring Freedom, thought up and slapped together in…

Iran's 'Ghost Armada' and its secret alliance with China

15 August 2021 3:30 pm

When a British security guard was killed in an Iranian drone attack last month, the response from the government was robust. Boris…

Can Iran's 'butcher' president make peace with the Saudis?

6 August 2021 2:13 pm

It’s official: after eight years of a relatively pragmatic administration, Iran is now under new management. Ebrahim Raisi, a disciple…

Why Iran is stepping up its maritime piracy

5 August 2021 7:31 am

On Tuesday there was an attempted hijacking of a tanker in the Gulf of Oman. According to the UK Maritime…

Why is the EU attending the butcher of Tehran’s inauguration?

5 August 2021 6:18 am

At the beginning of the year Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was forced to hastily cancel a diplomatic…

Iran is running out of water

27 July 2021 8:50 am

It’s far from an exact science, but if you want to get a sense of where the world is heading…