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The Iran deal heralds a new era for US policy across the Middle East

8 April 2015 11:12

What is it about a nuclear deal with Iran that induces hysteria in certain quarters of the West?  In recent…

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…

Want to understand the conflict in Ukraine? Compare it to Ireland

11 February 2015 10:03

What seemed this time last year to be a little local difficulty in Ukraine has metastasised to the point where…

The real danger of #CyberJihad is that anybody can get involved

13 January 2015 10:17

There was a certain irony to the news that @CENTCOM had been hacked yesterday afternoon. While President Obama was giving…

Why Cameron doesn’t want any TV debates

11 January 2015 11:11

Before Christmas, David Cameron tightened up the rules about ministers going overseas. He wanted them in this country campaigning as…

‘Torture is torture’ ignores the complex nature of intelligence gathering

14 December 2014 10:11

On Thursday I was on the BBC’s ‘This Week’ to talk about the CIA and torture. It is, for many…

The US steps up its involvement in the war for Iraq

8 November 2014 17:40

If you want to know how serious the situation in Iraq with Islamic State is, just look at what the…

Meet the two Americans set to steer the next general election

27 October 2014 16:00

Washington, D.C. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg – the obvious targets to blame for the disillusionment engulfing British…

Video: Does Cameron have an Iraq policy? Or is he just making it up?

18 August 2014 15:43

The Prime Minister has returned from his holidays, and yesterday wrote an intriguing piece in the Sunday Telegraph about the ongoing…

Video: Should Parliament be recalled over Iraq and ISIS?

11 August 2014 13:29

Neither Obama nor Cameron seem ready to return from their holidays to debate how best to respond to the events…

MH17 blame game reflects badly on all of us

20 July 2014 20:53

To judge by much of the western media coverage in recent days, you would have thought that Vladimir Putin had…

MH17 makes the situation in Ukraine an American crisis and an EU catastrophe

19 July 2014 23:39

The burning embers of an international airliner litter a Ukrainian field. 298 dead. The west blames Putin. President Putin blames…

After the horrific tragedy of MH17, Europe must wake up to the threat posed by Vladimir Putin

19 July 2014 23:04

How many more civilian planes need to be shot down over European airspace before Europe’s leaders get serious about the…

As Christians are massacred in Iraq, laid-back Obama maintains his shameful silence

19 July 2014 19:11

Christians in Mosul have been offered three choices by ISIS: 1. Convert to Islam. 2. Pay the ‘jizya’ tax that…

How al-Shabaab is keeping the black-market African ivory trade alive

16 November 2013 16:50

It has taken a while, but finally the world appears to be taking the illegal trade in ivory seriously. Why…

George Osborne: There’ll be no second Commons vote on Syria

1 September 2013 10:39

There’ll be no second parliamentary vote on Syria, George Osborne stressed this morning. There had been speculation that following President…

The Americans accuse the French of being too ambitious in Mali as British involvement grows

26 January 2013 12:16

It might have been pushed down the news agenda this week by David Cameron’s Europe speech and the bad economic…

The Connecticut shooting

14 December 2012 19:40

The news coming out of Connecticut is just awful. 18 children have been gunned down at their school and, reports…

The Continental Divide: Why are Red States So Red and Blue States So Blue? - Spectator Blogs

31 October 2012 18:37

So, for the third time in the last four American elections it looks as though this contest is gonna be…

New, Improved, Human, Mitt Romney Still Faces Demographic Difficulties - Spectator Blogs

3 September 2012 11:17

Traditionally – that is, for the last 50 or so years – Labor Day is considered the “official” start of…