Afghanistan

A new Afghanistan strategy

27 May 2010 17:00

In opposition, the Conservatives pursued an AfPak policy that can best be described as loyal criticism – while they supported…

The Tories have their eyes on Iran

22 May 2010 18:45

You may not have expected anything less, but it’s still encouraging to see the new government pay so much attention…

A grim reminder of the Islamist threat?

2 May 2010 18:58

Yesterday’s attempted car-bombing in Times Square doesn’t really tell us anything beyond that there are sociapaths willing to blow people…

Tories would look to withdraw from Afghanistan in the next parliament

30 April 2010 17:20

Today’s Express is reporting that David Cameron has said it would be wrong to set an ‘artificial deadline’ for withdrawal…

A culture of intimidation and a conspiracy to silence

23 April 2010 18:13

On the afternoon of 4 June 2009, John Hutton, then Secretary of State for Defence, told the House of Commons:…

Memo to Adam Boulton: It’s about detail

22 April 2010 18:30

Since the last thing David Cameron is likely to do is surf the web for advice for tonight’s debate, Nick…

Brown will fear the foreign policy debate most of all

13 April 2010 18:08

The Tories’ Invitation to join the Government was never going to dwell on defence. (You can listen to the brief…

Labour’s Defence Weakness

13 April 2010 14:32

Meanwhile, I’m puzzled by quite a bit of Labour’s manifesto. Some of it seems rather sullen, defensive and most put-out.…

Last orders

7 April 2010 15:09

The choppers, and the whoppers, were flying at Westminster today. David Cameron invited the prime minister to try a spot…

President Petraeus Watch

5 April 2010 17:55

Not much news came out of Washington last week which doubtless explains why my old chum Toby Harnden used his…

How do you solve a problem like Karzai?

2 April 2010 17:57

A few days after President Barack Obama flew to Kabul to look Hamid Karzai in the eye and demand that…

Vested interests at the MoD

25 March 2010 16:04

Yesterday, Alistair Darling pledged £4 billion for the MoD, earmarked for Afghanistan. He did not specify what the cash would…

Germany, where art thou?

13 March 2010 12:07

It is more than 100 days since Guido Westerwelle became Germany’s foreign minister and the questions about Germany’s diplomatic introspection…

The philosophy of war

9 March 2010 17:05

Every war takes its time to produce a good film or even a piece of journalistic analysis that goes beyond…

NATO – with or without the US?

2 March 2010 15:54

Over on Foreign Policy magazine, Andrew J Bacevich and I are going at each other. Topic: the nature of the…

Wanted: The Hague Doctrine

1 March 2010 12:29

Out of the conference hall, and back on to the campaign trail, it would nice to see the Tories talking…

Defence debate? No thanks, we are British

26 February 2010 16:34

A few days ago, BBC Newsnight ran in effect the first live TV debate between the three parties when Secretary…

Mars & Venus Revisited

24 February 2010 18:45

Bob Gates’ criticism of european defence shortcomings yesterday was couched in unusually harsh terms. Then again, NATO faces an uncertain…

ISAF = I Saw Americans Fight?

24 February 2010 18:25

The imminent Dutch withdrawal from NATO’s Afghan mission will ignite the question of allied troop contributions. But what are the…

Going Dutch

23 February 2010 14:16

“Going Dutch” will take on a whole new meaning now that the collapse of the Dutch government looks set to…