Afghanistan

Money talks in Afghanistan

21 November 2009 12:05

Afghan politics stinks; we all know it.  But it’s still shocking to read how the former governor of Helmand, Sher…

Does Obama Need Britain in Afghanistan?

19 November 2009 14:42

Since I outlined a modest case for dithering on Afghanstan last month, it probably behoves me to admit that, politicaly…

Even by the standards of Karzai’s government this is extraordinary

18 November 2009 18:02

The story, ‘Afghan Minister accused of taking bribe’ might seem depressingly predictable. But the accusations in today’s Washington Post are…

Britain’s AWOL ally

18 November 2009 16:18

Cameron just made a very good point in his speech – namely, that Brown claimed just days ago that Obama…

Afghanistan: air fares, not infantry needed

18 November 2009 0:31

The British government’s policy on Afghanistan has a spasmodic, yet regular kind of rhythm to it. The issue pops up…

Brown misjudges the Afghanistan waiting game

17 November 2009 14:37

There’s something futile about Gordon Brown’s and, now, David Miliband’s speeches on Afghanistan.  After all, the world is still waiting…

Parallel universe

11 November 2009 18:02

Armistice Day suits Brown down to the ground. When everyone is obliged wear funeral-director garb, his grey hair and sombre…

The Most Important Man in Washington?

11 November 2009 16:06

Apart from Barack Obama, that is. One way of measuring influence, in Washington, Whitehall or elsewhere, is to ask: how…

An impossible position

11 November 2009 16:03

The moment that stuck out for me from today’s PMQs came right towards the end, the exchanges between the leaders…

Helicopter reality

11 November 2009 14:36

There is something oddly comforting about discussing NATO’s Afghan mission in terms of kit, helicopters and troop numbers – or…

Shocker! Public Back Brown!

11 November 2009 14:27

But only on the absurd row over his letters to the mothers and wives of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Heck…

Poor Gordon Brown

10 November 2009 13:59

I had a pretty keen dislike of Gordon Brown long before it was popular or profitable to hold the Prime…

Without War We Are Nothing. Apparently.

10 November 2009 2:24

Happily my Outrage Outage didn’t last long. Thanks, Robert Kaplan! Your Atlantic column on the fall of the Berlin Wall…

In Afghanistan, more of the same won’t do

6 November 2009 18:54

Gordon Brown says Britain must not walk away from NATO’s Afghan mission. Yet 73 percent of Britons told YouGov that…

Fifth columnists

5 November 2009 9:02

The Afghan police were supposed to be layabout drug addicts and petty crooks, but that the force has been infiltrated…

How much longer must we wait?

4 November 2009 15:13

Cameron had little choice today. At PMQs he played it sober and he played it statesmanlike. The Afghan issue, which…

Must-have-elements under Karzai III: an Afghan Army Corps of Engineers

3 November 2009 15:51

Whatever happens in Kabul now, the next couple of months will be hard going. Hamid Karzai will form a new…

The end of special relationships

2 November 2009 15:01

Today, two of my colleagues, former senior MoD official Nick Witney and US analyst Jeremy Shapiro, issued a hard-hitting report…

Kabul’s Catch 22

2 November 2009 11:47

Sky News reports that the Afghan run-off will be cancelled after Dr Abdullah Abdullah pulled out of the vote. It’s…

Even in Afghanistan, an election needs at least two candidates

31 October 2009 18:12

Just when the US administration thought it had turned a corner in Afghanistan by persuading Hamid Karzai to allow a…