Democracy

What can the West do about the turmoil in Egypt?

22 June 2012 15:00

The situation in Egypt remains perilous, as protests mount against the military government which has delayed announcing the result of…

Burma’s fragile future

20 June 2012 19:45

It would be tempting to think of Aung San Suu Kyi’s return to Oxford University today as the end of…

The contests that really matter today

3 May 2012 13:36

For the long-term future of Britain, perhaps, the most important contests today are the mayoral referendums in 11 of Britain’s…

The resistance to elected mayors shows how badly they’re needed

12 April 2012 16:15

The old political establishment in the cities is fighting back against the idea of city mayors. They know that a…

How do you solve a problem like Baroness Ashton?

20 March 2012 13:44

Baroness Ashton has managed a return to diplomatic form by comparing the murder yesterday of three children and a Rabbi…

Putin’s dilemma

4 March 2012 15:21

If you enjoy scoring tiny but likely returns on your wagers, then how about putting some money down on Vladimir…

Gorby: Putin’s like Thatcher

16 February 2012 13:15

The Times has a fascinating interview (£) with former Soviet leader, Nobel Laureate and two-time Man of the Year Mikhail…

How democracy fared in 2011

31 December 2011 10:59

Even before we were a month in, 2011 was an historic year. Principally because in a region of the world…

Russia looms significant across 2012

27 December 2011 11:15

The Christmas weekend was, I’m sure you noticed, rich with political incident. And yet, from continued turbulence in the Middle…

In defence of technocrats

17 November 2011 17:28

Is Mario Monti’s administration in Italy democratic? Is Greece’s new government? To some, especially in the blogosphere, it is the…

The warmest of welcomes

1 September 2011 23:17

Tripoli It would probably be stretching the truth a little to say that the British prime minister runs Allah a…

An encouraging start for the new Libya

22 August 2011 14:28

The press conference by Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the National Transitional Council, was encouraging. Jalil stressed that he…

The revolution remains on track

29 July 2011 15:53

The Egyptian revolution has pulled itself back from the brink in a quite an extraordinary way. Everyone feared a clash…

The threat to the Egyptian revolution

27 July 2011 13:05

The Egyptian revolution may be in for its greatest challenge yet. Last weekend saw clashes between different groups of protesters,…

Stand up for freedom and freedom will stand up for you (eventually)

4 July 2011 10:32

It was hard to be a supporter of U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Western Europe. As a student living in…

Egypt votes – on Facebook

28 June 2011 10:46

While analysts and diplomats are wondering who will win the forthcoming Egyptian presidential election, the military junta (the Supreme Council…

Egypt’s revolution – six months on

29 May 2011 10:39

I’m back in Cairo to find out where the revolution of 25 January has got to. Nearly six months after…

Obama re-affirms the special relationship

25 May 2011 17:28

The speech was not a classic but Barack Obama’s address to both Houses of Parliament covered the bases today. He…

Eyes turn to Syria

23 April 2011 11:03

The situation in Syria seems to be on a knife’s edge. Perhaps 80 protesters were killed by security forces during…

Saif Gaddafi: victim of circumstance…

13 April 2011 18:12

There’s truth in the cliché that actions speak louder than words. Benjamin Barber, once a board member of the Saif…