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For Peter Beaumont's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Feb 4, 2014

Netanyahu's talks with Kerry will be critical

Support for an independent Palestine alongside the state of Israel is not a constant. An odd tension in public opinion exists on both sides: The desire for the two leaderships to negotiate a settlement is set against a much weaker conviction that they are ...

Jan 19, 2014

'Living suicide bomb' returns to wage jihad

Ahmed al-Shayea was known as the “living suicide bomb” — the young Saudi driver of a fuel tanker bomb in Iraq who survived to renounce violence and warn his countrymen of the dangers of jihad. In the process he became Saudi Arabia’s poster boy ...

In Fallujah, al-Qaida fails to learn from its past

Jan 12, 2014

In Fallujah, al-Qaida fails to learn from its past

The details were barely reported at the time by the world’s media: the killing on Dec. 21 in the west of Iraq’s Sunni-dominated Anbar province of 24 Iraqi Army personnel, including the commander of the 7th Division. According to one account, the men were ...

All bets off as Syrian rebels fracture

Dec 22, 2013

All bets off as Syrian rebels fracture

The Bab al-Hawa crossing post sits under a low ridge on the Syrian-Turkish border, not far from the Turkish town of Reyhanli. There is a concrete canopy and a handful of buildings. It is important because of what lies not far away in the ...

Can Christie lead GOP back to White House?

Nov 24, 2013

Can Christie lead GOP back to White House?

Since Chris Christie’s landslide re-election as governor of New Jersey earlier this month, which has seen him confirmed as an early favorite for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the question of the precise nature of his political personality, and its appeal, has loomed as ...