Foreign Policy

British Troops Use Desert Bases To Suppress Taliban Insurgents

War from the ground up and the limits of modern government?

14 August 2013 10:23

Emile Simpson’s War from the Ground Up, hailed by no less an authority than Michael Howard (the historian, not the politician) as…

HMS Illustrious is on its way to Gibraltar.

What did President Eisenhower say about the ‘military industrial complex’?

9 August 2013 9:03

The ‘routine’ deployment of HMS Illustrious and two bustling frigates to Gibraltar, en route to the Gulf of Aden, has…


Just Give War A Chance: Obama’s Realpolitik Approach to the Syrian Civil War.

17 June 2013 16:31

Boris Johnson makes a strong case in today’s Telegraph that even if the west wanted to intervene in the Syrian civil war…


Syria: What has changed to make western intervention a necessary or realistic policy?

6 June 2013 11:01

Peter Oborne is back in his David-Cameron-is-not-Disraeli-he’s-mad mode this week. He accuses the Prime Minister of losing the plot over…

An undated photograph, released by North Korean propaganda authorities, of the young Kim addressing soldiers. (KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

The world should see that North Korea is no laughing matter

3 April 2013 10:14

I found myself snorting with derision last night while watching a news bulletin about the Korean situation. The sight of…

The Christian Maronite church in the Jdeideh neighbourhood of Aleppo, which was hit by a rocket last year. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

What to do about Syria? Easter edition

29 March 2013 12:16

This morning’s Times reports (£) of the arrest of a former US serviceman, Eric Harroun, suspected of assisting Jabat al-Nusra,…


No, the Syrian civil war is not "Obama's Rwanda"

28 February 2013 15:30

Today’s Question To Which the Answer Is No is asked by Will Inboden over at Foreign Policy. To wit: Has…

Troops enter Ansongo, a town south of the northern Malian city of Gao. Picture: Getty

David Cameron visits Algeria for talks on ‘generational struggle’

30 January 2013 8:55

The Prime Minister is visiting Algeria today to pay his respects to the victims of the hostage crisis. He will…

A woman on a cart passes a sugar cane field burning in preparation for the sugar cane harvest near Niono, Mali. Picture: Getty

Mali is a British concern because it is a European concern

24 January 2013 12:11

Aaron Ellis makes a good point: the comparison between Mali and Afghanistan is flawed. But I disagree with him as…

Malian soldiers patrol in a street of Diabaly. Picture: Getty

Mali is not another Afghanistan

24 January 2013 11:52

Why should we worry if jihadists control a poor, landlocked country thousands of miles away? As the French push on…

Lance Corporal Corey Hilton from US Mari

If Barack Obama is an isolationist then isolationism no longer has any meaning - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 18:18

Con Coughlin suggests Barack Obama has “given up” fighting al-Qaeda which, frankly, is a curious assessment given the ongoing drone…

David Cameron giving his statement on Algeria in the Commons today.

David Cameron redoubles his commitment to interventionism

21 January 2013 16:27

David Cameron’s Commons statement on Algeria just now was the most interventionist speech he has made since the one he…

David Cameron speaking this morning.

David Cameron: Terrorism in North Africa requires global response

20 January 2013 10:22

In his latest statement on the Algerian hostage crisis this morning, the Prime Minister built on the interventionist language that…

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Dav

EU Shocker: The United States agrees with the British Government! - Spectator Blogs

10 January 2013 12:51

Good grief. Are we supposed to be surprised that senior officials at the US State Department take the view that…

Abu Qatada has again escaped deportation. (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Abu Qatada and the problem of freedom-stomping friends - Spectator Blogs

12 November 2012 16:13

And so, once again, the judges are in the dock for insisting that due process be followed even when, as…

Barack Obama addresses troops in Afghanistan earlier this year. Picture: Getty

Obama’s top foreign policy concerns for his second term

8 November 2012 16:07

With Barack Obama being returned to the White House, it’s worth considering what his key foreign policy challenges will be…


Barack Obama Deserves A Second Term - Spectator Blogs

6 November 2012 14:10

No matter the result of today’s Presidential election, it will not be Morning in America tomorrow. Of course the successful…

Kofi Annan Briefs UN Security Council On Syria

The United Nations is not in Foggy Bottom. On balance, that’s a good thing.

23 August 2012 23:40

For an Englishman, Nile Gardner is an unusually reliable mouthpiece for the more reactionary elements of reactionary American conservative foreign…

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George Galloway’s fifty shades of rape

21 August 2012 10:15

The supporters of that exhibitionist monkey Julian Assange are becoming ever more bizarre. George Galloway MP, for example, has been…

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hagu

How William Hague changed the Foreign Office

10 August 2012 16:32

There is a quiet revolution taking place at the Foreign Office under William Hague’s stewardship. This morning’s headlines focus on…


A new Argy-bargy

2 April 2012 17:52

Another article to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War — this one from the current issue of the…


From the archives: Defending the Falklands

2 April 2012 11:40

To mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War, here’s Ferdinand Mount’s column from the time:The last…

Today in Stupidity: Who Lost Syria?

15 March 2012 19:38

Perhaps I should apologise to Leon Wieseltier? His recent column is not a patch on Jennifer Rubin’s latest screed which…


Afghanistan overshadows Cameron’s America trip

14 March 2012 17:23

Afghanistan, what now? After a week of death and retaliation in the country, it appears that a car bomb has…


Will Obama and Cameron discuss a faster pullout from Afghanistan?

13 March 2012 11:25

The political theatre of David Cameron’s trip to America will have Downing Street drooling. The PM is, today, not only…