Military

The MoD wastes another opportunity

1 February 2012 18:59

Today’s White Paper on defence procurement makes disappointing reading for the UK defence industry — and for anyone who believes…

The politics hovering over the Falklands

1 February 2012 18:33

With HMS Dauntless and now Prince William gliding across the Atlantic to reinforce Britain’s claim on the Falklands, there’s no…

Libya still hasn’t found peace

4 January 2012 19:23

Guns blazing, Libya’s various militias are showing little sign of laying down their arms and giving authority to the Libyan…

Will Israel bomb a near-nuclear Iran in 2012?

30 December 2011 14:51

An Israeli strike on Iran has to be the most over-predicted event of recent years. It was meant to happen…

Stopping Maliki’s coup

26 December 2011 11:20

The year is ending not with a successful US withdrawal from Iraq — as President Barack Obama claims — but…

From the archives: The Christmas truce

24 December 2011 15:49

Christmas is but a day away, and with it a chance to remember when British and German troops clambered out…

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…

Mission accomplished?

15 December 2011 13:55

Hammond: New front opening in Afghanistan

7 December 2011 18:00

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was in the Commons this afternoon, discussing, among other things, the spate of attacks on Shia…

From the archives: A world at peace

11 November 2011 21:35

To mark last year’s Armistice Day, we republished The Spectator’s editorial reponse to the end of the first world war.…

At the going down of the sun

11 November 2011 11:00

Vernon Scannell, a poet who fought in North Africa in the Second World War, observed in his poem ‘The Great…

Remember the living

11 November 2011 10:27

Every time a politician suggests a introducing a flag-waving British national day, the idea falls flat. We already have one:…

Going soft

10 November 2011 10:20

One of the greatest threats to British security is not whether the government opts for Tornadoes over Harriers, but whether…

MoD to-do list

18 October 2011 13:42

A day into his new job, Phillip Hammond would be excused for sitting back and wondering what he has let…

Saving Private Shalit

18 October 2011 8:52

It’s difficult for the outside world to understand the huge significance that Gilad Shalit’s release, this morning, has for Israel.…

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…

Fox on a knife edge

9 October 2011 10:49

Another deluge of awkward news stories for Liam Fox this morning, with almost every paper providing new details for our…

How safe is Fox?

8 October 2011 19:58

This weekend’s gossip is all about Liam Fox and his ministerial future. Ministers and journalists are calling each other, weighing…

The problem with using soldiers to advance women’s rights

8 October 2011 13:26

Mariella Frostrup, fresh from interviewing Nick Clegg in Cheltenham, writes about women’s rights in Afghanistan in The Times (£). Her…

Fox hunt

8 October 2011 10:23

This is one Fox who doesn’t have the benefit of a hole to bolt into. He is on open ground,…