Was Lawrence of Arabia the first Gladio B operative? In answering this question, today’s episode presents a view of World War One from the perspective of British geostrategy in the Middle East. Using a fascinating lecture as the basis for our discussion I outline how Turkey got drawn into the war, at a time when the Ottoman empire was crumbling. The British government adopted not just a double-dealing but a triple-dealing strategy to counter the Ottomans, which bears remarkable similarities to what is happening today. The agent at the centre of carrying out this strategy was TE Lawrence a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia.