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Baria Alamuddin

Baria Alamuddin is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in the Middle East and the UK. She is editor of the Media Services Syndicate and has interviewed numerous heads of state.

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If we really desire peace, diplomats must prevail over the unilateralists

Often a crisis must become dangerously severe before decisive global action is taken to bring about a solution.

April 01, 2018

Will new US security chief take the world to war?

I have spoken to seasoned diplomats who are extremely worried at the prospect of John Bolton’s appointment as US National Security Advisor.

March 25, 2018

When might is right, justice and humanity are wronged

When it came to nuclear brinkmanship, President Richard Nixon was a believer in presenting himself to his communist enemies as a madman who genuinely would press the nuclear button if provoked. Have we now returned to the era of madmen willing to destroy the world on a whim?

March 18, 2018

For enemies of Putin, is nowhere safe?

For Londoners, one of the most notorious events of 2006 was the fatal poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

March 11, 2018

A century of progress is just the beginning

With hard-won gains in legal, academic and workplace rights, we are experiencing an exhilarating period for women. Ladies are engaging with the world with growing confidence and speaking out fearlessly on issues such as equal pay and sexual abuse.

March 07, 2018

Botched response to Daesh paves way for its expansion

One of the surest methods for radicalizing and alienating communities is the blunt instrument of collective punishment, which represents a fundamental breach of the laws of conflict. When you brutally treat whole populations as if they are the enemy, eventually they become your enemy.

March 04, 2018

Will a wounded Netanyahu pursue a Palestinian land-grab?

Poisonous snakes are most dangerous when cornered. We should thus pay very careful attention to Benjamin Netanyahu’s political maneuvering as he seeks to divert attention from his all-consuming corruption scandals.

February 25, 2018

Syria’s bloody downward spiral farther into hell

For some time, the best the media could say about Syria’s gruesome conflict was: “At least it’s grinding to a close.” This supposed light at the end of the tunnel has been the international community’s sole justification for failing to lift a finger to halt the carnage.

February 18, 2018

The opening skirmishes of a catastrophic new conflict

The world awoke on Saturday to an ominous new chapter in the escalating, multifronted war that is tearing the Middle East apart.

February 11, 2018

Can Tehran’s proxies clinch electoral victories in Iraq and Lebanon?

Within a week of each other this May, two elections will have decisive consequences for the balance of power in the Middle East.

February 04, 2018