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For at least seven decades, energy security has made the Persian Gulf a geopolitical minefield.
Since October, at demonstrations and sit-ins, Iraqis have been demanding clean politics, real independence and better lives.
The US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani has lit a tinderbox in the Middle East. Until wounded pride is replaced by sober strategy in Washington and Tehran, the world is braced for further conflict.
The policy question is: will our plan work and how do we best achieve security and peace in the Middle East and across the world?
The Middle Eastern cold war is multidimensional, is more likely to escalate and is less predictable.
The Iranian crisis has revealed a quiet truth: the UK’s foreign policy remains more aligned with Europe than the US.
For now, Tehran seems to be containing its revenge.
Trade talks with the EU could yet offer pleasant respite from a new Middle Eastern conflict.
Iran’s retaliation for the feared general's killing is not a matter of if but when, and how.
As conflict escalates in the Middle East, once more America lacks a strategy.
Deadlocked by many of the same factors as Britain's, Israel's electoral system may offer a glimpse of our political future.