Afghanistan

Afghan Hearts and Minds are Decided

25 June 2010 17:14

A terrific, if gloomy, Afghanistan dispatch from William Dalrymple, published by our friends over at the New Statesman. I don’t…

Talking to the Taliban is key – but no magic formula

25 June 2010 13:07

The proverbial shoe is dropping. Following General Stanley McChrystal’s forced retirement, a consensus is forming that President Obama’s Afghan strategy…

Hail to the chief

24 June 2010 9:02

How wrong I was. President Obama, lambasted by his critics for being ponderous, has acted with lightening speed: less than…

The McChrystal Affair

23 June 2010 19:12

Yesterday there was some chatter that the smart thing would be for General Stanley McChrystal to offer his resignation but…

General concern

23 June 2010 10:39

The Taliban are expanding their area of influence, NATO allies are eager to leave Afghanistan, the forthcoming parliamentary elections are…

Seeing it through

14 June 2010 16:42

David Cameron’s address to the House contained no surprises. NATO and its allies are 6 months into a strategy to…

Defence matters

14 June 2010 14:32

Sir Jock Stirrup’s early departure was one of the worst kept secrets in Westminster. But the ‘resignation’ could have been…

Pakistan: friend or foe?

13 June 2010 16:22

One of the biggest obstacles for NATO in Afghanistan has been the role of Pakistan and its intelligence apparatus in…

Did the bureaucrats lose the war?

10 June 2010 14:01

The Times went big on their story of Britain’s campaign in Helmand, and all the mistakes made in 2005 when…

No politician visits the frontline

10 June 2010 10:06

A few years ago, when I was serving with the Grenadier Guards in Iraq, I was part of a team…

Taliban talks

7 June 2010 17:59

Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. diplomat in charge of Afghanistan and Pakistan affairs said Washington has now publicly made clear the…

Politicize aid? It already is – and good too

5 June 2010 15:27

On Thursday, Andrew Mitchell rolled out the government’s first overseas aid initiative – a transparency watchdog – and took to…

Post-2011 Afghanistan: Plan B

4 June 2010 17:51

Having returned from Washington DC, where I spoke to a range of senior policy-makers about Afghanistan and Pakistan, I am…

Noises off, officers

4 June 2010 15:13

David Cameron is caught between a rock and a hard place. His government is rightly committed to its AfPak policy…

The case for Carswell

3 June 2010 12:33

Douglas Carswell has an outside chance of becoming the chairman of the Defence Select Committee. I hope MPs take a…

Cameron impresses on first outing

2 June 2010 16:44

The shootings in Cumbria this morning meant that today’s PMQS was always going to be a subdued affair. David Cameron…

Trans-Atlantic  powwow

1 June 2010 17:48

I’m in Washington DC at a high-level seminar on trans-Atlantic relations with the “who is who” of Europe and the…

Avoiding Groupthink

30 May 2010 16:11

I hope CoffeeHouse readers will forgive the attention I am heaping on the Afghanistan War these days, but the campaign…

War, Statesmen and Soldiers

30 May 2010 11:46

Fifteen days ago Newsweek had an extract, no not from Alistair Campbell’s diaries, but about something that actually matters –…

Organising for national security

29 May 2010 15:58

Four weeks into the new government and the National Security Council machinery is still being put in place and ministers…