Libya

Your enemy’s enemy isn’t always your friend when it comes to refugees

25 May 2017 16:16

For those who argue that Britain should blindly accept refugees, the family history of Salman Abedi must make somewhat uncomfortable…

How Libya became a breeding ground for jihadists

25 May 2017 11:11

In August 2011, I was in Sabratha, the latest city on the road to Tripoli to fall to the rebels.…

Listen: Pulitzer Prize winner Hisham Matar discusses The Return

11 April 2017 10:50

Back in October, I spoke to Hisham Matar — who has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography — about his book The…

David Cameron is only partly to blame for Libya’s problems

14 September 2016 11:40

David Cameron is not having the best of weeks and the Foreign Affairs Committee’s highly critical report on his Libya…

The West has totally misjudged the situation in Libya

2 June 2016 9:26

Libya’s former Prime Minister Dr. Mahmoud Jibril has become the first senior leader of its Arab Spring revolution to call…

Barack Obama is right: David Cameron let Libya fall into the abyss

11 March 2016 17:04

In their interview in the Christmas edition of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth asked the Prime Minister whether he…

David Cameron: why bombing Libya wasn’t a mistake

26 December 2015 13:07

Libya has been in the news again over Christmas: the UN Security Council has endorsed a new government but as…

Tony Blair: bringing Colonel Gaddafi ‘in from the cold’ prevented future terrorism

11 December 2015 13:47

Tony Blair was hauled up in front of the sparsely-attended Foreign Affairs select committee today for a grilling about his…

‘Voters think: Oh Christ, push Europe away from me!’ – David Cameron interview

10 December 2015 6:01

This is an extended version of an interview with the Prime Minister from the Christmas special issue of The Spectator. The last…

The chaos of Libya returns to haunt David Cameron

6 October 2015 9:22

‘Were we right to stop a massacre? Yes, we absolutely were,’ said David Cameron on his Radio 4 Today programme…

If Tony Blair thought that Gaddafi wanted to cut a deal, why did no one follow up?

31 August 2015 11:23

Just a few months ago, almost everyone thought that David Cameron was a goner. That he was about to go…

The Calais crisis needs a better response than fences and dogs, Prime Minister

7 August 2015 10:20

David Cameron should be in real trouble over Calais. It goes to the heart of two of the central issues…

Yet another tragedy in the Mediterranean. Here’s an actual rescue plan

6 August 2015 8:21

Another week, another appalling boat disaster in the Mediterranean, another round of the same tired row on migration. Yesterday a boat…

We’ve always messed up the Middle East. Let’s stay out, for once

21 July 2015 17:55

I suppose I should cease carping. We got a Blue Labour budget (except for the ludicrous stuff on inheritance tax),…

Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials…

Europe cannot allow an ungoverned space to exist on its doorstep

22 May 2015 16:11

Last month, 700 migrants attempting to sneak into Europe drowned when their rickety vessel capsized in the Mediterranean. This week, the…

Miliband’s position on Libya is deeply hypocritical

26 April 2015 11:10

What Ed Miliband lacks in charisma, he is attempting to make up for in polemic. Tragically for the UK’s future, this…

Ed Miliband should be careful when discussing foreign policy errors

24 April 2015 18:01

If someone accuses you of doing something that you haven’t done, there’s a really easy way of convincing them that…

Ed Miliband thinks Libya’s failure is so obvious he’s barely mentioned it until now

24 April 2015 10:24

With less than two weeks until polling day, it’s nice to see that Ed Miliband has discovered foreign policy as…

Campaign kick-off: 13 days to go

24 April 2015 9:26

For the first time in this campaign, foreign affairs are not only being discussed but also dominating today’s agenda. Ed…

Don’t get angry at Katie Hopkins if you don’t support policies that could save migrants

20 April 2015 11:29

The latest issue of The Spectator carries an interesting piece by James Bartholomew on ‘virtue signalling’, the bane of social…

Nigel Farage: David Cameron’s ‘fanaticism’ is to blame for Libya migrant crisis

19 April 2015 13:25

Nigel Farage tends to stick to one line on foreign affairs: no more foreign wars. On the Sunday Politics today, the Ukip…

The EU’s asylum policy is to blame for the tragedy unfolding in the Mediterranean

19 April 2015 13:23

As the leading article in The Spectator this week pointed out, thousands of people are fleeing war and anarchy in…

Islamic State will flourish if the West picks sides in Libya

18 February 2015 10:34

Conventional wisdom suggests that Islamic State and its affiliates have mastered social media. Yet the group’s real talent lies in dominating…

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…