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David Gardner was international affairs editor at the FT, which he joined in 1978. He was also chief leader writer, Middle East editor, and an FT correspondent in Europe, Latin America and South Asia.
He wrote columns, commentary and analysis, mainly on the Middle East.
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The Middle East expert was a writer of passion and integrity, renowned for his lucid prose during his 44 years on the paper
Possibility of the US removing Tehran’s Revolutionary Guard from its foreign terrorist list is causing alarm in the region
Arab regimes are disgruntled, Biden has been snubbed and Putin’s war on Ukraine is causing friction
Difficult talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 international accord have become tangled in the war in Ukraine
As hostilities increase, it will be harder for countries such as Turkey to sit on the fence
Riad Salameh has so far eluded the justice system at home, but European investigators are tightening the noose
Tentative signs of previously unlikely partnerships emerge in trade, investment and diplomacy
Economic woes boost hopes for Turkey’s opposition to oust the country’s long-serving strongman president
Tehran, boosted in confidence by China, is using Yemen to pursue its own agenda on Israel
The country is in economic meltdown, facing a ‘deliberate depression’ manufactured by warlords
The drone hit shows how Yemen is starting to resemble Syria as a conflict able to radiate mayhem beyond its borders
The population is drifting away from crisis-hit Beirut, but America persists with its giant construction project
Iranians across the spectrum came to regard the 2015 non-proliferation agreement as a swindle
Bashar al-Assad is slowly being brought back into regional diplomatic society
Many Libyans may now wonder: to what conceivable question could Saif al-Islam be the answer?
An assassination attempt on the country’s prime minister has raised fresh questions about militias backed by Iran
Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies are losing patience with a state under the shadow of Iran and Hizbollah
Turkish president’s persecution of Osman Kavala is personal
Clashes in Beirut bode ill for a country where Iran-backed Hizbollah flexes its muscles
Sectarian politics have blighted the country, leaving voters disillusioned with their leaders
The Turkish ruler’s strongman tactics fail to work on the US and Russia
Even Tunisia, once the cradle of democratic hope in the region, is moving towards one-man rule
Aggressive moves by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to boost their economies could be a zero-sum game
The US withdrawal from the region could defuse the rivalries that have played out in the bankrupt state
But western intervention has left countries trapped in despotism, making continued instability likely