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Peter Welby

Peter Welby is a consultant on religion and global affairs, specializing in the Arab world. Previously he was the managing editor of a think tank on religious extremism, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics, and worked in public affairs in the Arabian Gulf. He is based in London, and has lived in Egypt and Yemen. Twitter: @pdcwelby.

19 October 2019 10:46 PM

Iran’s ‘useful idiots’ turn on the West

There was a minor story in the British media last week about an organization call the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC); minor in that

26 September 2019 06:29 PM

West’s ambivalence toward Middle East allies helping Iran

A delegation from the UK Parliament this week visited Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility, which was struck by a large number of drones and

15 August 2019 12:08 PM

Bitter cost of fighting in Yemen and urgent need for a united stand

When I lived in Aden, protests by the Southern Movement were a regular occurrence — and with equal regularity, they were brutally suppressed.

05 May 2019 03:23 PM

Ignore the hype, this video was an admission of abject defeat

As Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi emerged from the shadows for the first time in almost five years, terrorism analysts in the media were busy scanning his video address for any clues they could find.

15 April 2019 10:39 AM

Rebel with a cause, or religious zealot bent on total victory?

The way the Houthis are viewed in the West never ceases to amaze me. We seem incapable of learning from previous mistakes: Rebels are not good simply because they are apparently the underdog.

01 April 2019 12:30 PM

Al-Qaradawi: Propagating a dangerous view of Islam

In counter-extremism circles, many prefer to focus on violent extremism: Anything that explicitly calls for or engages in violence on behalf of an extremist ideology.

17 March 2019 12:17 PM

Ranting ‘manifesto’ exposes the mixed-up mind of a terrorist

It usually takes some time to tease out the precise ideological motivation of attacks such as the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, as details emerge from police investigations. In this case, the gunman left a 74-page manifesto explaining his philosophy.

14 March 2019 03:25 PM

Was Amazon’s removal of Robinson’s anti-Islam book a mistake?

In a flurry of activity over the past few weeks, Tommy Robinson — British alt-right provocateur, adviser to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and convicted fraudster — was banned from Facebook and Instagram.

04 February 2019 10:00 AM

Pope Francis’ UAE visit a positive step

Pope Francis, spiritual leader of the world’s more than 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, was on Sunday night due to land in the UAE — the first Catholic pope to do so.