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David Gardner

David Gardner is the international affairs editor of the Financial Times (FT). He joined the FT in 1978 and has worked mainly as a foreign correspondent and writer on international affairs. In 2003 he won the David Watt political journalism prize for his writing on the Arab world. He is the author of Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance (I. B. Tauris, 2009; updated paperback edition 2012). His last report for NOREF was The New War for the Middle East (January 2015).

Research areas:  Middle East and North Africa

Publications

The implications of the Swedish-Saudi Arabian clash for the U.S. and Europe
Ms_Margot_Wallström_by The Advocacy Project with CC licence from flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/advocacy_project/6836117350/in/photolist-oBCbib-oBC21y-oBCdYG-oBNTwb-oBNS77-okkS2L-9j7TgK-9jb1U1-qjFbRY-q5pvHq-qmTRLm-q5oSZJ-qjFd1G-q5vXRz-PYGgF-mqrDbJ-qmM8rH-qjFc6A-q5vXH8-q5xoST-ohEMWC-qC6rHV-qC4R2T-qC4QJt-qUtcbb-qC6oir-pXLj9X-qb9hAi-pTLkZ1-qGXp6L-qH5CAZ-qi52p5-qGq9aC-qXeYdQ-q3wMxU-eas2ar-btxXQA-bq5Twf-bq5TMu-bqj7gy-bDe3EK-bqj7CW-bCZP1e-bCZMPa-9bewCe-bmqaPL-qGYAuY-qGYAnd-p5em7n-7a6fvu David Gardner 19 March 2015
The clash between Sweden and Saudi Arabia in the second week of March may inadvertently have cast light on three aspects of Europe’s dealings with the Middle East. more  
The new war for the Middle East
Syria_Taftanaz by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation with CC licence from flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/ihhinsaniyardimvakfi/13535517914/in/photolist-bm59bu-byYHjR-bm4RcY-bm4Fiu-dvyBae-mC64Uw-mC66HG-mC53Nz-byZ1FX-byYJrH-bUQUbL-bnHKmL-bnHL2o-bUP7aS-bnHNku-ot4zdL-mC5196-mC4uCp-bnHQfu-byZ1Xn-6Drg6M-3dMJhR-bACEUv-bACEhK-bACFEt-bm4DXY-bm4RNy-bm4DLQ-byZ7Sn-byZ15H-byYHV2-bm4QFd-byYWp6-bm4ESh-byZ8yk-bm58vE-bm4EF7-byYxRF-byZ1mg-byYZL8-mC4Z8Z-mC66kN-mC4w9F-mC4xu6-mC69py-k6WpnW-mC4sRD-mC4sxx-mC6akG-6Drh8B David Gardner 4 February 2015
The would-be new caliphs of ISIS proclaim their intention to unite what were generally known as Greater Syria and Mesopotamia, tearing up the Levantine canvas designed by European imperialists and bulldozing its frontiers. more  
The shadow of Iran
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by AslanMedia with cc license from Flickr David Gardner 1 November 2013
The tumultuous events of this summer in the Middle East, from the coup in Egypt to August’s nerve gas attack in Damascus, have reshuffled the balance of power across a region in turmoil – in no way more so than the mutual overtures about detente between the U.S. and Iran, the by-product of the almost accidental Russian–U.S. initiative... more  
Between the river and the sea: Oslo at 20
Bill_Clinton,_Yitzhak_Rabin,_Yasser_Arafat_at_the_White_House_1993-09-13 by Vince Musi - The White House with cc license from Wikimedia David Gardner 13 September 2013
September 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Declaration of Principles, which foresaw two states – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security. This expert analysis analyses the key obstacles the Oslo agreements faced and the three preconditions that could help to set up a new peace process more  
Syria: towards the endgame
Syria Independence Flag behind a Free Syrian Army member by FreedomHouse2 under a cc license from Flickr David Gardner 18 December 2012
Syria’s civil war, locked over the past year into a dynamic stalemate whereby Bashar al-Assad’s minority regime cannot regain control of the country, but the Sunni-majority-dominated rebels seem not to have the military wherewithal to dislodge it, has started to accelerate as 2012 draws to an end. more  
How the West can get on the right side of history in the re-awakening Arab world
An elderly man casts his vote in Tunis by European Parliament David Gardner 9 May 2012
The reign of Arab strongmen supported by the West is drawing to an end. Europe has the duty and the opportunity to get on the right side of history, and to assist in reform and reconstruction, if and when requested. Policy should be driven by a blatant bias towards democracy and its defenders, the support of competitive politics and op... more  
Turkey, Iran and Israel in a three-sided competition
publication David Gardner 17 June 2010
The most interesting trend in current power politics is not so much the breakdown in Turkish-Israeli relations. It is the re-emergence of Turkey as a regional power, with a long-term view of its strategic interests. more  
David Gardner on Israel and the Palestinian refugees
publication David Gardner 12 August 2009
There are some Arab-Israeli minefields that can still be traversed with a pragmatic compass, for example the fate of the 5m Palestinian refugees. more  

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