Foreign Policy


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 Syria. As always, the ghosts of Iraq stalk this debate… Continue reading

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 a Gummy Bear like Kim Jong Un vowing to obliterate… Continue reading

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, a jihadist insurgent group in Syria. He has been charged… Continue reading


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 Syria Become Obama’s Rwanda? There are many reasons why it… Continue reading

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 also hold talks with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, and… Continue reading

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 to why. Afghanistan was a failed state long before al-Qaeda… Continue reading

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 with the ‘reconquest’ of Mali, there’s a feeling here that… Continue reading

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 war (and other operations) in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Roger Kimball,… Continue reading

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 delivered at the Foreign Policy Centre during his 2005 leadership… Continue reading

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 James spotted in his Commons address on Friday. Cameron said:… Continue reading

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 Britain should, all things considered, remain a member of the… Continue reading

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 in the case of Abu Qatada, it is inconvenient to… Continue reading

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 during the second term. I’ve outlined a few areas I… Continue reading


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 candidate will talk of America’s essential greatness. He will promise… Continue reading

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 policy preferences. His latest epistle to the Daily Telegraph demonstrates… Continue reading

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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 sounding like a High Court judge in 1973: those women… Continue reading

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 the announcement of ‘greatly increased’ support for Syrian rebels including… Continue reading


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 magazine. It’s by John Simpson and analyses the current tensions… Continue reading


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 armada, Ferdinand Mount, 10 April 1982 A debacle speaks… Continue reading


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 may be the most stupid and contemptible thing I’ve yet… Continue reading


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 been detonated on the runway at Camp Bastion — probably… Continue reading


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 going to become the first world leader to fly aboard… Continue reading


Hague’s ‘Cold War’ warning

18 February 2012 10:06

William Hague has gazed into his Middle Eastern crystal ball and doesn’t like what he sees. In an interview in today’s Telegraph, he says of Iran: ‘It is a crisis… Continue reading


Brits sceptical of Syria intervention

8 February 2012 17:09

Britain’s response to Syria so far has been uncertain and cautious. A YouGov poll today suggests that the public is keen for this hands-off approach to continue. When presented several… Continue reading


A Syrian Srebrenica?

4 February 2012 12:36

Every day things are getting worse in Syria. Today the Syrian regime started what looks like an all-out assault on the key city of Homs, reportedly killing at least 55… Continue reading