North Korea

Donald Trump is listening to his generals – and that’s great news for Britain

16 April 2017 11:00

‘Great Britain has lost an Empire and not yet found a role’. Fifty-five years on, Dean Acheson’s remark has not…

What the papers say: It’s time to stop blaming Brexit

13 April 2017 8:29

What does a spike in hate crime, a slump in sterling, supermarket price hikes, rising inflation and a squeeze on…

Donald Trump’s plan for bombing North Korea

9 April 2017 12:00

On several foreign policy issues, Donald Trump has toned down the campaign rhetoric now that he is in office. His…

Trump is listening to his generals, that’s reassuring

8 April 2017 10:51

The UK government has been ‘reassured’ by how Donald Trump has handled Assad’s use of chemical weapons, I write in…

The Spectator Podcast: Trump’s wars

6 April 2017 12:54

On this week’s edition of The Spectator Podcast, we consider President Trump’s growing military ambitions, dissect the problem of radical Islam…

Trump talks tough on North Korea. Does he mean it?

3 April 2017 9:16

Donald Trump once said that he wanted to share a hamburger with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Now that he’s…

Is our foreign policy being dreamt up by the James Bond screenwriters?

20 October 2015 16:03

If there’s one thing that the James Bond films has taught us it is that the Chinese are not our…

Military inspections must be a non-negotiable part of Iran’s nuclear deal

29 May 2015 16:00

It is probably safe to say that the negotiations with Iran aren’t going very well. As the 30 June deadline for…

Game of Thrones has always been a vacuous banquet of sex and violence. Why are people suddenly outraged by it?

20 May 2015 16:27

If you’ve never watched Game of Thrones, it is a twee fantasy show in which men and women discuss politics at length, dance…

This new crowdsourcing site allows anyone to use their skills to advance basic human rights

16 March 2015 17:36

One of the questions I most often get asked is: ‘What can I do?’  If you agree that actual liberals…

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here…

Are the members of hacker group Lizard Squad cyberterrorists or cybervandals?

27 January 2015 11:14

Another day, another hack. This morning, Facebook and Instagram went dark. Facebook has blamed a technical glitch; ‘Lizard Squad’ celebrated another…

By depicting Shin Dong-hyuk as a fantasist, the media strengthens North Korea’s regime

19 January 2015 18:46

Shin Dong-hyuk really shouldn’t need defending.  The thirty-two year old was born in, and grew up in, the North Korean…

Our verdict on the North Korean embassy’s art exhibition: ‘I’ve seen worse’

7 November 2014 16:31

What’s your favourite of Kim Jong Un’s photo opportunities? I like the pictures of the cuddly psychopath inspecting a lubricant…

The Spectator’s portrait of the week

15 October 2014 19:58

Home Checks began at British airports for passengers who might have come from west Africa with Ebola fever (even though…

Accidental dictators

17 July 2013 10:03

Two flashpoints have emerged recently, threatening regional wars and pitting global powers against each other. They happen to be run…

Korea – the 60 year war

9 July 2013 9:37

In the early morning hours of June 25, 1950 the opening shots of the Korean War were fired. At the…

The LSE’s anger about BBC Panorama sounds synthetic and sententious

16 April 2013 18:12

If I were to make a list of the things I thought the BBC should be doing, then a report…

North Korea nukes — China has a hell of a lot to answer for

5 April 2013 11:51

Let us be clear — Beijing bankrolled this monster. As Kim Jong-un continues his bellicose bluster, now having moved a…

The View from 22 — North Korea and Asia’s arms race, and Owen Jones vs. Toby Young

4 April 2013 8:25

Are Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms necessary to bring fairness to our benefits system? This week’s Spectator leading article argues…

The world should see that North Korea is no laughing matter

3 April 2013 10:14

I found myself snorting with derision last night while watching a news bulletin about the Korean situation. The sight of…

Google maps North Korea

29 January 2013 15:01

Google has mapped North Korea. The Washington Post has useful selection of before and after images. Compare the images for…

Geopolitics in the 21st Century

3 October 2012 9:56

Some dog-munching old thug from Pyongyang has been addressing the United Nations, warning that his country is the ‘world’s hotspot’…

Guardian parody watch

19 July 2012 14:30

Top marks to Paul Watson for this nipping satire, published in today’s Guardian: ‘In fact it is almost impossible to…

Obama reiterates his commitment to a nuke-free future

26 March 2012 18:06

As leaders from 53 nations gather in Seoul for the second Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama spoke of his ‘vision…