Bob Bowker is a former Australian ambassador to Jordan, Egypt and Syria. He was an Adjunct Professor at the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies.
Syria: The consequences of intellectual failure and moral neglect
No Western government should abide policy goals that in practice are pursued via collective punishment of Syrian people.
The fallout of assassinating Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
The killing of the head of the Iranian nuclear program may make it even harder to revive the nuclear deal.
The false promise of regime change
A new book from an Obama insider considers the repeated failures of outside overthrow in the Middle East.
Syria: Is it time for the West to talk with Assad?
Engaging Assad, while repugnant, is better than words of sound and fury delivered that makes little difference.
Morsi’s fate a reminder of power realities in Egypt
Mohamed Morsi was blind to the certainty that Egypt’s military will not tolerate challenges to its ultimate authority.
Challenges mount up
Unsolved political issues in the Middle East leave barren soil for economic and social green shoots.
Where does Qatar go from here? To Moscow?
Qatar needs to make it plain to the United States that the Saudis and Emiratis are pursuing a course of action that damages US interests.
Assad and chemical weapons: The regional repercussions
The only response that will matter to Assad is that which comes from Moscow and Tehran.