US foreign policy

Trump’s foreign policy seems designed to terrify everyone – including his own government

9 February 2017 17:13

‘Plan, prepare, and train for the outbreak of chaos,’ says al Qaeda’s handbook, The Management of Savagery, a blueprint for…

We are one town away from a proxy war between Russia and the US

22 February 2015 11:06

We are alarmingly close to the most serious confrontation between Russia and the United States since the end of the…

Jonathan Powell interview: middle-man to the terrorists says ‘secret talks are necessary’

11 October 2014 19:50

Jonathan Powell is a British diplomat who served as Tony Blair’s chief of staff from 1997 to 2007. During this…

Are Syria air strikes legal? Perhaps not, but why should we care?

23 September 2014 19:00

‘Are Syria air strikes legal?’ asks the BBC as part of its lead story today. The answer is that nobody is…

America won’t be Europe’s policeman any more – but that’s good for Britain

25 February 2014 14:32

The US Army’s cuts are good for Britain. They will force our European allies to think about their own defence…

Assad will go – the question is how much blood will be spilled

16 January 2014 12:23

As we approach next week’s Geneva II Conference, the desire of the majority of Syrians, the moderate majority, for a…

Obama’s words meet with the Taliban’s bombs

2 May 2012 10:34

Political theatre, that’s what Barack Obama delivered in Afghanistan last night. A year on from the death of Osama Bin…

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…

Afghanistan overshadows Cameron’s America trip

14 March 2012 17:23

Afghanistan, what now? After a week of death and retaliation in the country, it appears that a car bomb has…

Will Obama and Cameron discuss a faster pullout from Afghanistan?

13 March 2012 11:25

The political theatre of David Cameron’s trip to America will have Downing Street drooling. The PM is, today, not only…

Will Israel strike?

8 March 2012 14:27

While we’re on the subject of conflict in the Middle East, it’s worth pointing out the cover story to this…

Hague’s ‘Cold War’ warning

18 February 2012 10:06

William Hague has gazed into his Middle Eastern crystal ball and doesn’t like what he sees. In an interview in…

Would Iran block the Strait of Hormuz?

24 January 2012 14:42

With the EU agreeing a new round of sanctions on Iran – outlawing European oil and gas purchases from Iran…

Dire straits

5 January 2012 17:27

The situation in the Strait of Hormuz continues to intensify, with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond showing that, like his predecessor,…

American isolationism and its consequences

30 October 2011 9:59

I’ve spent the last couple of days in the United States, far away from the brouhaha in Europe. What has…

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…

Hillary Clinton: Chinese regime can’t defy history

10 May 2011 19:47

Hillary Clinton has given a fascinating interview to the Atlantic Monthly’s Jeffrey Goldberg. The main topic of it is the…