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The Chilcot report will, at long last, draw lessons from the 2003 Iraq war – which was probably Britain’s worst strategic blunder since Suez in 1956.

A new report charges lapis lazuli smugglers with funding the Taliban and ISIS in Afghanistan. But traders should not be scapegoated, argues Magnus Marsden.

Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani

The latest violent uprising in Kashmir in the wake of militant commander Burhan Wani’s death has deep and bitter roots, writes Christopher Snedden.

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How do you re-tell a memoir? Sunila Galappatti explains the process of working with the LTTE’s highest-ranking prisoner in order to tell his story.

21.07.16 | Christopher L. Elliott
The Chilcot Report – An Assessment

Chilcot’s report into the Iraq war, seven years in the making, was worth the wait, explains retired Major General Christopher Elliott.

There are several reasons why the Saudis will struggle to be an uncontested regional power in the Arab world. At the heart of their unsuccessful bid to lead, inspire, defend and cool down the Arab hot spots is the archaicaaa

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America has not only failed to learn the lessons of Europe’s disastrous colonisation of the Middle East, it is actively repeating the Old World’s mistakes

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An interview with Ariel Colonomos on the political economy of predicting the future.

31.05.16 | Sunila Galappatti Ajith Boyagoda
A Long Watch: The Capture of Commodore Boyagoda

Commodore Ajith Boyagoda of the Sri Lankan Navy became the Tamil Tigers’ highest-ranking captive, held for eight years at the height of the civil war.

18 May 1944

18 May is the anniversary of the 1944 mass deportations of Crimean Tatars. Brian Glyn Williams, in ‘The Crimean Tatars’ explains their history and plight.

A natural salesman, the boy displays a collection of his finest Afghan carpets against the stunning backdrop of the Pamir Mountains.
15.04.16 | Magnus Marsden
Actually Existing Silk Roads

Western efforts to implement a ‘New Silk Road’ to bring stability and prosperity to Afghanistan are doomed to failure, ignoring as they do the myriad Actually Existing Silk Roads that Afghan traders have informally built, argues Magnus Marsden.

Author: Magharebia
01.04.16 | Rasmus Alenius Boserup Luis Martinez
From Opacity to Complexity: The resilience of the Algerian state

Luis Martinez and Rasmus Alenius Boserup, editors of Algeria Modern, explain how the Algerian state has weathered the Arab Spring and domestic unrest.