International politics

Podcast: Terror’s comeback kids and Steve Coogan, foe of press censorship?

19 June 2014 9:10

Why do Iraq’s jihadists keep on coming back? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Freddy Gray (1…

The West shouldn’t be too soft on Iran during ISIS crisis talks

17 June 2014 15:18

The choice in Iraq appears to be between the devil and the deep blue sea. On the one hand, ISIS…

The kidnapped Nigerian girls are Christian. Why doesn’t our media say so?

8 May 2014 16:47

Gradually but explosively, what Boko Haram, the Islamist terror group, has been doing in North East Nigeria has penetrated the…

Alex Salmond receives a lesson from the school of foreign policy hard knocks

29 April 2014 12:05

Look: Alex Salmond’s indulgent appraisal of Vladimir Putin’s record was foolish and naive and all too revealing but let’s not…

Alex Salmond’s strange – but revealing – admiration for Vladimir Putin

28 April 2014 12:03

What to make of Alex Salmond’s qualified admiration for Vladimir Putin? The First Minister, interviewed for the forthcoming issue of…

Full text: Tony Blair’s speech on why the Middle East matters

23 April 2014 10:49

It is unsurprising that public opinion in the UK and elsewhere, resents the notion that we should engage with the…

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton, 2016? God help us all.

31 March 2014 15:58

Connoisseurs of hinge-moments – those instants at which a country’s future changes – have long-appreciated the 1994 Florida gubernatorial election.…

Spectator TV presents Putin vs. Obama: whose side are the American right on?

31 March 2014 10:35

Under the shadow of the Crimean situation, Harry Cole travelled to Washington DC to find out what American conservatives really…

Ten fateful forks in the road to Crimea

25 March 2014 16:00

Regret suffuses the post mortem on many a conflict, with hindsight recommending alternatives that were far less obvious at the…

The west has a choice: abandon Ukraine or punish Russia? It should choose the latter.

18 March 2014 14:47

An astonishing number of useless twits appear to think Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is somehow not Vladimir Putin’s fault.…

Inside the circus – a report from the Oscar Pistorius trial

15 March 2014 14:00

Pretoria I panicked one morning when I couldn’t find the 24-hour Oscar Pistorius Trial channel on my hotel TV set.…

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web. What comes next?

12 March 2014 12:42

On this day in 1989, the World Wide Web was born. Tim Berners-Lee, a contractor at CERN, published a paper…

The clock is ticking for Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. He has missed his best chance of victory.

7 March 2014 11:37

Tick tock. Tick tock. Time is running out in the Ukraine. Time passes and cements the “facts on the ground”.…

Vladimir Putin is losing the battle for Ukraine

5 March 2014 12:20

It is always tempting, in the field of foreign affairs, to suppose we are led by dupes and fools while…

Ukraine polling: EU vs Russian integration and who is the weakest leader?

5 March 2014 11:09

It’s difficult to figure out exactly what’s going on in Ukraine and what it all means — as Freddy has…

Noam Chomsky in the Crimea

3 March 2014 12:03

Go to London or of any other Western capital and here is what you will not see. You will not…

What exactly should the West do in Ukraine?

2 March 2014 20:25

I’ve seen and read an awful lot of criticism about how weak and pathetic the West has been in responding…

Tory Europhobia cripples Britain’s attitude to the Ukrainian crisis

24 February 2014 10:00

Colin Freeman, the Telegraph’s fine chief foreign correspondent, made a remarkable claim the other day that merits wider attention. What, he…

The Olympian smugness of the anti-Sochi gay protests

7 February 2014 18:32

Now look, as Tony Blair would say, homophobia is bad. Very bad. But does that mean we have to turn…

Enjoy the Winter Olympics but remember – and listen to – Pussy Riot as well.

4 February 2014 11:05

And so to the winter Olympic Games which should not be hosted by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Sure, Putin’s Russia is…