Afghanistan

The search for peace leads Britain to pay a Taliban impostor

26 November 2010 13:50

That the British government paid a substantial sums of money and attention to someone who they thought was Mullah Akhtar…

Pakistan refuses US request to expand drones’ area of operations

20 November 2010 23:45

Part of what makes the war in Afghanistan so complicated is how easily the Taliban can be supplied from over…

Progress towards an Afghan solution?

20 November 2010 16:40

Nato has agreed to the Afghan plan, or so they say. As Lieutenant-Colonel David Eastman says, Afghan security forces are…

Nato – from the glass half empty point of view

20 November 2010 12:08

Nato leaders are in Lisbon and Daniel Korski has argued that the most successful military alliance in history isn’t done yet. Writing…

A 2015 Afghan exit will be tricky

16 November 2010 10:46

William Hague told the Foreign Affairs Select Committee that British combat troops will leave Afghanistan in 2015 – even if…

Richards: we’re in it for the long haul

14 November 2010 18:15

General Sir David Richards does like thinking in decades, doesn’t he? A year or so ago, he was warning us…

Saluting the fallen in Afghanistan

14 November 2010 16:01

It is to be hoped that Prince William’s visit to Afghanistan for Remembrance Sunday was a morale boost to the…

Ten highlights from the Bush serialisation

9 November 2010 9:17

Number 43 is back. And judging by his interview (£) with the Times editor James Harding – and that paper’s…

Yes, Julian Assange Is A Journalist

2 November 2010 16:59

I’m not sure I understand the Wikileaks controversy. If one of the many definitions of news is (and always has…

Entente très cordiale

2 November 2010 12:18

When it comes to pomp, Britain and France are still superpowers. The entente très cordiale has brought out all the…

Eat your heart out, Fukuyama

27 October 2010 16:33

Russia and Nato are now allies, or birds of a feather at least. The Independent reports that the twentieth century’s…

Cameron reveals the scale of defence cuts

19 October 2010 16:34

David Cameron delivered his statement on the Strategic Defence and Security Review with few rhetorical flourishes. He had two main…

David Cameron: Linda Norgrove may have been killed by US rescue team

11 October 2010 12:59

David Cameron arrived at his press conference forty-five minutes late, and was visibly shaken when he took to the microphone.…

Salmond Derangement Syndrome

10 October 2010 0:32

The main sufferers of this admittedly rare condition are London-based Scots. Fraser, I’m afraid, seems to have come down with…

Cameron’s peculiar speech

6 October 2010 16:54

Ok, so that was a peculiar kind of speech from David Cameron – neither wholly successful, nor wholly unsuccessful. In…

The X-Factor

2 October 2010 16:24

Bob Woodwood could write a cookbook and it would be a bestseller, but Obama’s Wars, his latest book, will wreak…

Liam Fox does a David Miliband

29 September 2010 9:10

At least the political fates have a sense of humour. No sooner had David Miliband’s frustration screamed into view last…

The penny drops

27 September 2010 12:15

David Miliband is a tease. The speech he just gave was one of his best: it was self-deprecating, had gravitas,…

The defeated brother delivers a winning speech

27 September 2010 11:32

David Miliband’s address to the Labour conference ended as it began: with a  standing ovation. Sentimentality and sympathy, perhaps –…

The Chain of Command

23 September 2010 20:24

Rounding-up some reactions to the new Bob Woodward tome, James Joyner asks a good, if disturbing, question: what happened to…