Diplomacy

Mean Girls and meaner trolls: the rise of Twitter diplomacy

9 June 2018 10:46

You can tell a lot about a leader by the diplomats they choose to represent them. Brezhnev had Anatoly Dobrynin,…

Jonathan Powell interview: middle-man to the terrorists says ‘secret talks are necessary’

11 October 2014 19:50

Jonathan Powell is a British diplomat who served as Tony Blair’s chief of staff from 1997 to 2007. During this…

George Osborne’s Waterloo

8 May 2014 12:43

Hougoumont should be a place known to every Briton. It was the site of one of the finest feats of…

Would the word ‘NATO’ make Vladimir Putin think twice?

17 April 2014 9:05

Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States will meet in Geneva later today in order to find a…

Assad will go – the question is how much blood will be spilled

16 January 2014 12:23

As we approach next week’s Geneva II Conference, the desire of the majority of Syrians, the moderate majority, for a…

Brendan Simms: A strong, united Europe is in Britain’s interest

2 May 2013 12:25

Since the collapse of the Byzantine Empire, European history has been dominated by two themes: the centrality of Germany and…

Engagement in Libya was and remains the right answer

31 January 2013 9:00

In 2008, I packed my bags to head off to Tripoli, where I began my current vocation of advocating for Western diplomatic,…

Whitehall’s mistake over BAE and EADS

11 October 2012 17:48

There have been some sharp responses to the demise of the proposed BAE EADS merger. My personal favourite is John Redwood’s…

Judo diplomacy

30 July 2012 13:28

While the ladies’ beach volleyball is exciting Boris ‘glistening otters’ Johnson and the peeking Prime Minister, another event could be…

Do we really need the upcoming G20?

6 June 2012 16:00

We’re all familiar with the eurozone boom-bust news cycle by now. First, there are reports of more European banks in…

The Syrian tragedy continues

27 May 2012 14:30

Last Friday, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, produced a gloomy 13-page report about the situation in…

Encouraging signs from talks with Iran

16 April 2012 9:18

The weekend’s six power talks with the Iranians about their nuclear programme were more fruitful than many, including I, expected.…

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…

The role of Baroness Ashton

10 March 2012 10:13

Recent reports have suggested that David Cameron is interested in swapping Cathy Ashton’s job as the EU’s high representative for…

Cameron’s ECHR problems won’t end with a Qatada deal

17 February 2012 15:11

The news that Theresa May will fly to Jordan to continue talks about Abu Qatada shows how close the government…

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…

Fog around the Falklands

22 December 2011 12:48

For the populist president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, the ban on Falklands-flagged ships agreed by the Mercosur summit in Montevideo…

Annals of French Diplomacy

9 December 2011 12:53

This is scarcely the most important part of today’s EU shenanigans but, post DSK and all that, one must admire…

Envoy for repatriation

4 November 2011 10:45

A few days ago Douglas Carswell laid out a way for the Prime Minister to regain the eurosceptics’ trust. One…

Saudi and Iran at each others’ throats

12 October 2011 11:02

Yesterday — as Pete pointed out earlier — the Obama administration filed criminal charges against two individuals, Manssor Arbabsiar and…