Gabrielle Rifkind

These writings and ideas have been shaped by my work as a practising psychotherapist and as a specialist in conflict resolution in the Middle East. Many of these works explore the role of human motivation and behaviour in resolving conflict and advocate for quietly creating suitable environments for negotiation


‘The Psychology of Political Extremism: What Would Sigmund Freud have Thought About Islamic State?’ (Routledge, February 2018)

‘The Fog of Peace: How to Prevent War’ (co-authored with Giandomenico Picco, I.B. Tauris, January 2014)

Review by Graeme Dobell

‘Making Terrorism History’ (co-authored with Scilla Elworthy, Random House, 2005)


‘Across the Red Line: Series 1-3’ (BBC Radio 4, 2018 and 2019) LINK

‘Being Diplomatic’ (BBC Radio 3, April 2019) LINK

‘The Middle East Conundrum: Is There Any Chance of a Long-Term Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?’ (BBC Radio 4, July 2018) LINK

‘Democratic Allies Debate: The House Believes Democracies Should Never Ally with Authoritarian Regimes’ (Oxford Union, January 2018) LINK


‘Ancient Hospitality’ (co-authored with John Harris, New Humanist, July 2019) LINK

‘Preparing the Psychological Space for Peacemaking’ (co-authored with Nita Yawanarajah, New England Journal of Public Policy, May 2019) LINK

‘Afghanistan’s Fragile Future Shows the Paradoxical Nature of Peacemaking’ (Prospect, February 2019) LINK

‘National Dialogue: Post-Brexit, We Need a UK-Wide Coming Together’ (Open Democracy, January 2019) LINK

‘Gaza Regeneration: We All Need Dreams for the Future’ (Open Democracy, June 2018) LINK

‘When Empathy Fails: Managing Radical Differences’ (Encounters of Interfaith Dialogue, January 2018) LINK

 ‘Job Creation Would Solve One Problem with the UK’s Burgeoning Military-Industrial Complex’ (Open Democracy, November 2017) LINK

‘What Does North Korea Want'?’ (Open Democracy, August 2017) LINK

‘Let’s Try to Understand North Korea’s Actions: It Sees the World as its Enemy’ (The Guardian, July 2017) LINK

‘Chilcot: All Peaceful Options Were Not Exhausted’ (Open Democracy, July 2016) LINK

‘We Need Emotional and Political Intelligence in Politics’ (Jewish Chronicle, July 2016) LINK

‘Chilcot Tells Us What We Already Knew - How Do We Implement?’ (Open Democracy, July 2016) LINK

‘We Need to Defeat Islamic State - But How?’ (Open Democracy, December 2015) LINK

‘Britain Needn’t Withdraw from the World Stage, but We Need a Vision’ (Independent, May 2015) LINK

‘Alternatives to Military Intervention: a Commando Team of Mediators’ (Open Security, September 2014) LINK

‘The New Great Regional Game: Saudi Arabia and Iran’ (co-authored with Giandomenico Picco, Open Democracy, July 2014) LINK

‘The Fog of War: it is Hard to Think about Peace’ (Open Democracy, July 2014) LINK

‘Our War-Torn World Needs a New Mediating Body to Resolve Conflicts’ (The Guardian, March 2014) LINK

‘One Signature by Assad Could Help to Avert the Bombing’ (The Times, September 2013) LINK

‘A New Levant: a Possible Way Through in the Syrian Crisis’ (co-authored with Giandomenico Picco, Open Democracy, February 2013) LINK

‘To Help Syria, Talk First to Iran and Saudi Arabia’ (co-authored with Giandomenico Picco, The Guardian, February 2013) LINK