Afghanistan

The new AfPak strategy in action – decapitation, reintegration and reconciliation (DRR)

16 February 2010 9:03

It’s not quite the “we got him” moment, as when US soldiers unearthed the fugitive Iraqi dictator. But the capture…

It’s what comes after Operation Moshtarak that matters

15 February 2010 17:09

Fighting is now well under way in southern Afghanistan, as NATO forces are executing Operation Moshtarak. The plan is aimed…

Con Coughlin & His Critics

11 February 2010 15:11

David has already highlighted some of the more dubious arguments Con Coughlin deploys in response to his critics but a…

The End of Charlie Wilson’s War

11 February 2010 10:42

Rarely are obituaries so full of parties, history-changing events and personal contradictions as those of ex-Congressman and rebel-armer Charlie Wilson,…

Charlie Wilson’s War is Over

11 February 2010 2:54

Charlie Wilson in Afghanistan. I guess the movie they made of Charlie Wilson’s War is now more famous than George…

Will British judges be "responsible" for the next terrorist attack?

10 February 2010 19:55

Con Coughlin has an awful piece up at the Telegraph arguing that, in the light of today’s decision in the…

Talking to the Taliban

29 January 2010 16:46

After the London conference, it is clear that “talking to the Taliban” will become part of the strategy in Afghanistan.…

Blair wants to tell Iranian tales

29 January 2010 16:02

Iran. That’s the news story which poor Mr Blair is trying to spin to the panel – but they don’t…

Is the West rich enough to buy the Taliban?

28 January 2010 9:07

The Lancaster House conference commences this morning and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has penned a stupefyingly worthy article…

Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate

27 January 2010 18:34

Whitehall has turned into the lobby of the UN General Assembly, as dignitaries gather to give NATO’s Afghan campaign renewed…

The Eikenberry cables: today’s Ellsberg papers

26 January 2010 15:12

Sometimes government leaks tell the public what they did not know. But sometimes leaks just confirm what everyone knew. The…

Kabul needs a big UN beast

26 January 2010 11:27

The London Afghanistan conference is meant to appoint a civilian NATO coordinator to help align the counter-insurgency effort. The well-respected…

Cutting drugs

22 January 2010 10:35

On Wednesday, Baroness Kinnock told the Lords that a number of Foreign Office departments had been hit been hit by…

Has Brown got anything to hide?

22 January 2010 9:00

Proof positive that Brown listens, sometimes at any rate. The Prime Minister will give evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry before…

Poor communication is damaging the Afghan mission

21 January 2010 13:15

He may be a chateau-bottled shyster, but there is no better communicator of policy than Alastair Campbell. He has penned…

Ultimately, Brown is responsible for these anti-terror cuts

21 January 2010 11:38

Seriousness comes naturally to Gordon Brown and yesterday he gave a speech detailing how Britain is defending itself by striking…

David Miliband’s big idea: an Af-Pak-India Council

20 January 2010 16:11

An idea that has received little media attention in Britain, but is giving Foreign Office diplomats sleepless nights, is David…

Geoff Hoon, silent assassin

19 January 2010 17:30

And so it came to pass that nothing came to pass. Geoff Hoon gave evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on…

Deadly attack in Kabul = Taliban on the defensive

19 January 2010 10:34

Many will claim that the Taliban’s recent attack in Kabul shows how powerful the insurgency has become. No doubt the…

Fighting terror with the National Security Council

15 January 2010 18:15

Since September 11, Britain has lost one war and is not winning another. But the question of why this is…