Afghanistan

How to fix the National Security Council

15 May 2011 16:06

The National Security Council was a sound idea. But it has disappointed, both inside and outside Whitehall. The Ministry of…

After bin Laden

5 May 2011 13:51

In this week’s Spectator, on sale today, we have an outstanding lineup on bin Laden’s death and its aftermath. I…

Stray Thoughts on the Execution of Osama bin Laden

4 May 2011 16:13

Just as it’s difficult for death penalty opponents to be too upset by the verdicts of the Nuremberg tribunal, so…

Pakistan responds

3 May 2011 9:05

The covers of our newspapers are emblazoned with Bin Laden this morning — but it is an article in a…

What the death of Bin Laden means for Af-Pak policy

2 May 2011 14:21

The political and strategic implications of Osama Bin Laden’s death are legion. One of the biggest impacts of this operation…

A map that raises questions

2 May 2011 9:15

Here’s a map that I’ve put together of the area where Bin Laden was discovered and killed. The red point…

A triumph for America that raises questions about Pakistan

2 May 2011 8:40

The killing of Osama Bin Laden is one of the clearest victories in the war on terror since the fall…

Osama Bin Laden is dead

2 May 2011 7:37

The manhunt is over, as is the man. After almost a decade since 11 September 2001, a decade of the…

A model for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

1 May 2011 16:13

With the newspapers still full of Royal Wedding pictures, I thought I’d draw CoffeeHousers’ attention to something remarkable: a visit…

Obama’s military reshuffle

28 April 2011 19:27

President Obamna’s nomination of  General Petraeus to run the CIA will have a huge knock on effect on the US…

Petraeus to CIA; Panetta to the Pentagon

27 April 2011 13:55

Robert Gates, the US Secretary of Defense, is stepping down and will be replaced, it is reported today, by Leon…

Obama’s Love of Cake

26 April 2011 22:02

Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker article on the development of Barack Obama’s approach to foreign policy is, as always, full of…

Should the West negotiate with Gaddafi?

16 April 2011 15:56

This week, former Foreign Secretary David Miliband gave a speech in the United States about Afghanistan, proposing the hand over…

How might the MoD get round its spending settlement?

8 April 2011 16:10

The Ministry of Defence is Whitehall’s last monolith. Charged with the nation’s defence, it is powerful enough to challenge the…

17,000 servicemen to go

4 April 2011 16:50

The MoD has released its plan for redundancies. The numbers and plan were leaked at the weekend, but here are…

Learning from recent history

18 March 2011 11:40

With a UN resolution now passed, Prime Minister David Cameron has displayed diplomatic skills his critics believed he did not…

A Realist Straw in the Republican Wind?

16 March 2011 12:54

With all the attention on Libya and the rest of the middle east at present, it’s easy to forget (again)…

The forgotten war

10 March 2011 15:13

There is a war on. Not in Libya but in Helmand, where nearly 9,000 British troops are fighting. Last year…

A reminder that the Iranian threat hasn’t gone away

9 March 2011 18:39

Today’s news that Nato has intercepted an Iranian weapons shipment to the Taliban shows the threat Iran poses to international…

The case for retaining Harrier in Afghanistan

25 February 2011 16:42

Lord Owen, among others, has responded to Colonel Gaddafi’s bloodcurdling lunacy by insisting that a no-fly zone be imposed over…