Defence

Time for a British Manley Commission?

14 July 2009 14:23

If the government wants to stem the haemorrhaging of elite support for NATO’s Afghan mission, there is one major thing…

Defending his own premiership

14 July 2009 9:00

The Times’s story of how Bob Ainsworth came to be Defence Secretary is equal parts extraordinary and disheartening.  Here are…

What did Mitchell mean?

13 July 2009 16:56

Andrew Mitchell is doing the media rounds to discuss the Tories’ new policy paper on international development, and he seemed…

The UK “surge” debate

12 July 2009 18:28

The support for Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan is, for the first time, showing major signs of fraying. Nick Clegg broke…

So who’s really "playing politics" over troop numbers?

12 July 2009 9:43

Just when you thought Brown’s government couldn’t sink any lower, you go and read the Sunday Times’s lead story today…

National security priorities: your say

10 July 2009 17:27

Watch out: it’s security review season. The Brown government is about to issue a second version of its National Security…

The Lib Dems threaten to go AWOL 

10 July 2009 11:51

Though Nick Clegg has greater pre-existing international experience than either David Cameron or Gordon Brown (having worked in Brussels), he…

Is General Jones on his way out?

9 July 2009 16:38

With Obama’s administration gradually filling up, problems appear to be brewing at the centre. Though picking ex-General James Jones as…

Obama’s bear-hug

8 July 2009 10:21

Presidents Obama, and Medvedev (and Prime Minister Putin) seem to be having a good summit. Nuclear talks look like they…

Defence review: your say

7 July 2009 17:12

So, a Defence Review has been set in motion even though the Government has for a long time said they…

NATO navel-gazing

7 July 2009 14:45

Right now I’m sitting at an event in Brussels to launch NATO’s new Strategic Concept, featuring ex-US Secretary of State…

What about the Ministry of Defence?

5 June 2009 13:21

Via Facebook, a friend makes a very good point: John Hutton’s successor as Secretary of State for Defence will be…

Tory Cuts and British Defence Policy

29 May 2009 18:24

More riffing on Nelson! Fraser, that is. His Telegraph article and subsequent Coffee House post on future spending cuts argue…

Tory Defence Policy

14 May 2009 15:21

What is Britain’s role in the world? And what resources will be devoted to sustaining it? These questions, germane for…