Security

Britain is right to send its navy to the South China Sea 

21 January 2019 14:17

The Royal Navy and US Navy held joint exercises in the South China Sea last week, for the first time…

Don’t let burglars get the better of you

22 June 2016 11:11

When I lived in London, I was introduced to a whole new vocabulary. ‘Blinding’ was a new one on me…

Revealed: Newsnight’s No.10 security breach

27 November 2015 12:27

Newsnight producers are currently facing fresh woe over rumoured plans at the BBC to extend the News at Ten slot so…

Theresa May: the Paris attacks ‘have nothing to do with Islam’

16 November 2015 16:50

On a day when Jeremy Corbyn has been making clear his concerns about both the government’s use of drones and…

Women don’t need police protection on the Tube

28 May 2015 15:48

The Tube isn’t an obvious political arena, but recently, it has become the backdrop for a number of flashy feminist statements. Last year,…

MI5 didn’t make Jihadi John; he made himself

27 February 2015 13:45

Poor Mohammed Emwazi. One day he’s your average ‘beautiful’ young man, nose buried in his computer studies books, looking for…

Ottawans to jihadists: our city is stronger than ever

24 October 2014 13:29

I was born in Ottawa. I grew up in Ottawa. I studied in Ottawa. I work in Ottawa. Ottawa is…

Theresa May’s speech on terrorism and extremism – full text and audio

30 September 2014 12:24

Our values will prevail in the fight against terrorism and extremism Thank you, Alexander, for that thoughtful and inspiring speech.…

The emergency surveillance legislation will make us safer

11 July 2014 9:24

Isabel wonders whether it is a good thing that all main parties allied in passing emergency surveillance legislation into law…

Rory Stewart elected Chairman of the Defence Select Committee

14 May 2014 15:53

Rory Stewart, the colourful and interesting Tory MP, has been elected as chairman of the Defence Select Committee. Stewart is…

Tory rebels and government are fighting yesterday’s wars

20 November 2013 9:27

Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, has a battle on his hands. 20 or so Tory MPs have signed John Baron’s…

Richard Dawkins is right: Osama bin Laden has made air travel insufferable

4 November 2013 13:54

It’s not that often I feel a real bond with Richard Dawkins but no sooner did I read his diatribe…

Of course spooks snoop. More power to them

9 June 2013 9:28

Can I just share with you my satisfaction that the CIA has access to my emails and all the social…

Revive the Snooper’s Charter? It’s already obsolete

24 May 2013 9:37

The political response to the Woolwich murder is following two broad patterns. On the one hand, the party leaders make…

Annals of Pointless security Theatre

29 November 2011 15:01

There’s really no need to switch off your phones and iPods and iPads next time you are on a plane.…

Busting myths about Coulson’s security vetting

22 July 2011 9:03

A recent turn in “Hackgate” has focused on the level of security clearance given to Andy Coulson. The insinuation is…

Britain’s ill-defined counter-terror strategy exposed by America’s clarity

2 July 2011 17:44

In a post over at the Staggers, defence and security expert Matt Cavanagh has compared and contrasted Barack Obama’s review…

Looking behind the negative aid polls

27 June 2011 14:39

There are, as the old adage goes, “lies, damned lies and statistics”. I’m beginning to think the same about polls.…

Gates: Current state of Nato is ‘unacceptable’

10 June 2011 21:05

The outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has delivered a remarkably frank warning to the European members of Nato that…

Bin Laden strikes from beyond the grave

13 May 2011 9:09

And so it starts. The news that suicide bombers have attacked the military base at Shabqadar, northern Pakistan, sounds a…

The Dame departs

10 May 2011 10:57

Pauline Neville-Jones was a first. She was one of the first women in the Foreign Office to climb the department’s…

Removing Gaddafi is key

22 March 2011 12:01

The question of whether Gaddafi should be targeted and what the exit strategy should be in Libya are intimately linked.…

The Yemeni domino totters

21 March 2011 12:42

Call it the domino effect, if you like. After Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, Yemen is the latest country to drag…

The coming war with Libya

13 March 2011 18:19

If the West is not ready to intervene decisively against Colonel Ghadaffi, it needs to get ready for a post-revolutionary…

A landmark judgment for the security services on torture

25 February 2011 18:46

The Court of Appeal made a momentous judgment this afternoon. It was hearing the appeal of Rangzieb Ahmed, the first…