While the world waits expectantly for the Obama administrations Middle East policy, Financial Times Associate Editor and Chief Leader Writer - the hugely respected David Gardner speaks frankly with Channel 4 News Jon Snow about what needs to be done now.
Gardner advocates nothing less than a reappraisal of what realpolitik means as we enter the 21st century. Truly 'smart power', he argues, would not continue to prop up despotic regimes from Syria to the Gulf in the interests of short-term stability.
In his new book: Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance he argues that if democracy is suppressed for even a few years longer in the Arab world, the Middle East will be lost to anti-Westernism and violence for several generations.
David Gardner is Chief Leader Writer and Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He was the papers Middle East Editor from 1995-1999. In 2003 he won the David Watt prize for political journalism for his writing on the Arab world.