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About Roger Hardy

Roger Hardy was for more than twenty years a Middle East analyst with the BBC World Service. His latest book, The Poisoned Well: Empire and its Legacy in the Middle East, has just been published in London by Hurst, and will be published in the United States later this month by Oxford University Press.


Articles by Roger Hardy

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sowing the seeds of conflict in the Middle East

Whatever else they were guilty of, the two authors of the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, George Bush and Tony Blair, displayed an astonishing ignorance of history.

The similarities between Suez in 1956 and Iraq in 2003 are uncanny

The Chilcot report will, at long last, draw lessons from the Iraq war of 2003 – which many experts have concluded was Britain’s worst strategic blunder since the Suez débâcle of 1956.

Speaking truth to power? Iraq & the BBC

For the media, as for the politicians, the ideal war is one that’s short and sharp, has good guys and bad guys, and has a clear outcome. Iraq in 2003 did not follow the script.

How America lost the war of ideas

In the decade since 9/11, the United States has failed to win Muslim hearts and minds. Two administrations, beginning from very different starting-points, have been unable to produce a coherent strategy for the ‘war of ideas’.

The man and the machine: in search of Barack Obama

In his first two years in office, President Obama had six foreign-policy goals. None has been achieved.

Iran's five-card trick

Iraq, Hizbollah, Palestine, oil, the Shi'a - Iran has a fistful of geopolitical assets in the conflict-ridden middle east. But, asks Roger Hardy, can it use them?
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