Jesse Prinsloo

Afghanistan’s 48-year history of uncertainty

Counter-insurgency and foreign interference foment extremism and rarely achieve peace

Israel-Palestine conflict: The past laid the violent foundations

Israel’s iron grip over Palestinians had its beginnings in the demise of the Ottoman Empire and Britain and France’s arbitrary mapping out of the Middle East

Iran’s influence continues to dominate the Gulf

But the country also has its weaknesses

US cannot afford to alienate murderous crown prince

With the US announcing its ‘recalibration’ of its relationship with Saudi Arabia, it remains to be seen whether the oil-rich kingdom feels cowed

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