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If we don’t help the Libyan rebels, then the extremists might

17 March 2011 12:42

The West’s indifference towards Libya may create the very conditions for extremism that we normally seek to avoid. In today’s…

What the Libya crisis means long-term

11 March 2011 17:01

The multiple crises in North Africa, from the revolution in Tunisia, through the protests in Egypt and to the conflict…

Is Sudan next?

11 March 2011 13:22

The momentum behind the Arab Spring revolutions appears to have been checked – for now. The Libyan domino hasn’t fallen.…

How to build democracies

6 March 2011 18:40

Following the events in the Middle East, I have proposed a democracy review of UK bilateral relations and former Europe…

From the archives: Mugabe’s rise to power

4 March 2011 18:03

A strange sort of anniversary, but an anniversary nonetheless: it is 31 years, to the day, since Robert Mugabe took…

New World temporarily postponed

4 March 2011 10:38

We are meant to be living in a multi-polar world, one where US power is waning, and where countries reject…

Lessons from wars gone by

3 March 2011 9:07

As the situation deteriorates in Libya and the international community begins to look at various options, including military ones, policymakers…

British foreign policy needs to promote democracy

1 March 2011 12:08

After a week of hesitation and well-publicised problems evacuating British citizens from Libya, the government has led the international community’s…

The view from the Middle East

25 February 2011 14:47

I’m in the Middle East, albeit in a revolution-free corner. And from the Royal Meridien hotel in Abu Dhabi it…

From the archives: Saif Gaddafi in conversation

25 February 2011 12:54

No need to explain why we’re disinterring this interview with Saif Gaddafi, by Justin Marozzi, from out of the archives.…

Tehran’s latest provocation

22 February 2011 14:05

The people of Egypt and Libya may have swung the spotlight onto their respective countries – but it is a…

Cameron’s fine, liberal speech

22 February 2011 12:55

David Cameron’s speech in Kuwait today did not take on his hosts in the way that Harold Macmillan’s ‘winds of…

How young Arabs saved the old West

22 February 2011 10:50

Three months ago the future looked bleak for the West. The countries that once dominated the world, invented capitalism, articulated…

Is David Cameron about to have one of his Garibaldi moments?

21 February 2011 16:09

To date, this government has not had much of a foreign policy. Where there should have been grand strategy there…

Uproar on Arab Street

19 February 2011 14:58

Deaths continue to mark the protests in Bahrain and Libya. Reports are inaccurate because communications have been broken, especially in…

Eastern promises

18 February 2011 11:59

Events in Bahrain are yet another reminder of why the supposed choice between stability and democracy is a false one.…

Pillars of Sand

18 February 2011 10:39

The Middle East is set for renewed displays of public anger towards the region’s governments. Events in Bahrain are particularly…

The Mad Dog lies in wait

17 February 2011 14:01

The Bahraini regime will not yield peaceably before protest, as Hosni Mubarak did. This morning, Bahraini police opened fire on…

Iran’s turn

15 February 2011 18:17

Revolutions are exciting when they happen to other leaders. When they target the government you lead, then they become decidedly…

And more from the world’s press on Egypt

12 February 2011 11:59

Here are a few more pieces from around the world on the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. Andrew Neil: More…

A new dawn for Dubya?

12 February 2011 11:23

Who is the unsung hero of the Egyptian revolution? Why, the 43rd President of the United States of course. (And,…

Which way will Egypt turn?

12 February 2011 9:00

The world is full of jubilation this morning, and I wish I could join in. Perhaps we are indeed witnessing…

Egypt: Now the Hard Work Begins

11 February 2011 16:53

Well, well, well, how the worm turns. I refer the Honourable Gentleman to the post I wrote some hours ago.…

Mubarak stands down

11 February 2011 16:20

Finally, Mubarak has gone. Time will tell what undid last night’s defiance, but the armed forces have taken provisional control…

Obama to Mubarak: Your Time Is Up

11 February 2011 1:24

The Americans have made their move and it’s not good news for Hosni Mubarak’s friends and defenders. This is the…