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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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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
The limits to American geopolitical reach now on show in Afghanistan could yet lead to new ways of wielding power
The US and EU should deploy their leverage to oppose Kais Saied’s coup
U-turn on university appointee adds to sense that Turkey’s president is no longer invulnerable
Former crown prince crossed the royal court’s red lines by presenting himself as a tribune of the people
Fascinating look at an underexplored bit of the Roaring Twenties, which ultimately changed the terms of Egyptian popular culture and blazed a path for women
Rivalry has already blocked an Opec deal and stoked regional tensions
Historic low turnout in presidential poll could presage rebellion of an alienated young population
Country is imploding as officials collude in ‘deliberate depression’
The new governing coalition is too ideologically riven to address the country’s biggest problems
Tehran regards a local entente as something to be settled with its neighbours
A motley collection of parties could finally oust the country’s longest-serving premier
Violence undermines Israeli assumption that occupation had been accepted
An end to discrimination is needed to stem growing resentment
Provocations around al-Aqsa mosque jeopardise relations with Muslim countries
A new approach to occupation can go beyond the moribund peace process
Turkish leader’s popularity will not help the Middle East escape from the mire of sectarian conflict
With the US also seeking to restart the Iran nuclear accord, all this dancing with detente is almost balletic
Arrest of officials with foreign ties suggests ‘plot’ against king goes beyond former crown prince