Military

A new foreign policy?

1 July 2010 9:22

An inventive article from Ben Brogan this morning, arguing that a new vigorously Tory foreign policy is emerging. I can…

A mandarin for the moment

29 June 2010 12:26

Most people probably greeted Liam Fox sacking of Sir Bill Jeffrey, alongside that of the Chief of Defence Staff in…

Harman the hawk

28 June 2010 18:20

Harriet Harman’s response to David Cameron’s statement on the G8 and G20 was noticeable for her attacking the Prime Minister…

Unwinnable war?

26 June 2010 11:26

Today is Armed Forces Day, and I don’t recall seeing such collective negativity from newspapers and broadcasters on the Afghan…

Cameron wants troops out of Afghanistan by 2015

25 June 2010 17:42

Everything about the Cameron government comes in fives. Five year terms, a five-year coalition and now we learn that it…

Talking to the Taliban is key – but no magic formula

25 June 2010 13:07

The proverbial shoe is dropping. Following General Stanley McChrystal’s forced retirement, a consensus is forming that President Obama’s Afghan strategy…

Hail to the chief

24 June 2010 9:02

How wrong I was. President Obama, lambasted by his critics for being ponderous, has acted with lightening speed: less than…

General concern

23 June 2010 10:39

The Taliban are expanding their area of influence, NATO allies are eager to leave Afghanistan, the forthcoming parliamentary elections are…

Why the Bloody Sunday soldiers must not be brought to trial

16 June 2010 10:12

In The Times today, Danny Finkelstein eloquently sums up why it would be so wrong for any of the soldiers…

The Lib Dems’ turn to convince?

14 April 2010 9:04

So now it’s the Lib Dems’ turn to present their prospectus for the country.  And, in some respects, I expect…

How do you solve a problem like Karzai?

2 April 2010 17:57

A few days after President Barack Obama flew to Kabul to look Hamid Karzai in the eye and demand that…

Just like old times

12 January 2010 17:19

As Paul Waugh notes, it was just like old times. Alastair Campbell told us all to grow up and trust…

Military manoeuvres

11 January 2010 15:40

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the leadership speculation starts stirring again. It’s…

Security and Defence Review 101

9 January 2010 15:26

Defence geeks are waiting to see how the Conservative Party intends to conduct a Security and Defence Review, if they…

Pre-empting Chilcot

17 December 2009 13:35

Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry has begun honing in on failures of US and British post-conflict planning. As General Sir…

Our allies need to build capabilities for counter-insurgency

15 October 2009 16:28

Counter-insurgency warfare is meant to be different from traditional war-fighting in one particular way: it recognises the military’s limitations. It…

The West must prepare contingency plans to bomb Iran

7 August 2009 18:49

Chuck Wald, a retired US Air Force General who was the air commander for the US response to the 9/11…

Robert Gates does the Royal Navy a favour

8 April 2009 18:23

TNR asks defence analysts Who Won and Who Lost in Bob Gates’s realignment of Pentagon spending priorities? One party that…