US politics

Harriet ‘shambolic’ Harman

4 March 2011 17:01

I’ve spent ten minutes reading the same passage and still don’t understand what it means. It comes from Harriet Harman,…

British foreign policy needs to promote democracy

1 March 2011 12:08

After a week of hesitation and well-publicised problems evacuating British citizens from Libya, the government has led the international community’s…

What difference will sanctions make?

26 February 2011 11:08

Slowly, haltingly, the West decides what to do about Gaddafi. The latest news is that, having broken his silence over…

That Petraeus story

16 February 2011 16:53

Rumours abound that General David Petraeus will leave his post as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. Early editions of…

Obama’s budget proposes cuts

14 February 2011 18:47

President Obama’s new budget proposal is an interesting moment as Obama is now admitting that the time for fiscal stimulus…

Coffee House interview: Paul Wolfowitz

30 January 2011 18:04

Nobody is as associated with George W Bush’s drive to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East as former…

The neoconservatives were right

29 January 2011 13:16

The last six years have been fallow ones for the neoconservatives. From around 2005, when Iraq began its descent into…

A businesslike State of the Union address

26 January 2011 9:08

Jobs, people, work, new, years, make. You can get a good sense of Obama’s State of the Union address purely…

"Our democracy to be as good as she imagined it"

13 January 2011 10:59

President Obama rode to power on his rhetoric. Yesterday, for the first time in months, he rekindled that initial spark…

Theatre to mark Western decline

11 January 2011 12:12

USO is not what it once was. The days of Bob Hope’s wisecracking have receded into the past, and ogled…

Will he be back?

6 January 2011 12:55

Clichéd, for sure, but it is the line that’s tagged every story about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s departure from office. Will Arnie…

Top Republican prepares to leave Obama’s big tent

1 January 2011 19:13

When John Huntsman, the Republican governor of Utah, accepted Barack Obama’s offer of the ambassadorship to China it seemed to…

A handful of predictions

31 December 2010 18:46

Here we go. Spurred on by Pete earlier, it’s time for that essential, although often regrettable, end-of-year ritual. Not the…

Obama STARTs anew

24 December 2010 13:24

Barack Obama has had a great couple of weeks. First DADT was repealed and then START wasratified by the Senate,…

Gay America rejoices

20 December 2010 9:39

This week will give Barack Obama’s liberal credentials a significant boost. On December 18th, the Senate had a  successful cloture…

Holbrooke’s war ends

14 December 2010 11:10

He was known as brash and abrasive. A gale force wind. The “bulldozer” some called him based on his time…

US Middle East initiative takes early holiday

13 December 2010 11:46

When the Obama administration started its latest Middle East initiative, it was amid great fanfare. I blogged – sceptically —…

Wiki-danger

6 December 2010 18:04

Now the Wikileaks are beginning to become dangerous. Before, the leaks contained high-level tittle-tattle, confirmation of existing analyses and embarrassingly…

Will the US become more isolationist in the years to come?

6 December 2010 12:07

Isolationist sentiment seems to be on the rise in the United States. At an annual foreign policy event in Halifax…

Leaked embassy cable: what the Americans thought of Thatcher

1 December 2010 18:39

Forget the children of Thatcher, here’s what the Americans were saying about the Iron Lady herself when she became Tory…

Pakistan’s double game comes under the spotlight once again

1 December 2010 9:31

The leak that keeps on leaking has one or two embarrassing titbits about our domestic policymakers this morning. Yet far…

Palin versus Romney

30 November 2010 15:30

The GOP is ambling towards the start of the 2012 nominations race. Two probable candidates are busy pitching their media…

Chinese burns

30 November 2010 11:05

The latest cache of Wikileaks has done America no end of good. The Saudis urged the US to bomb Iran…

Julian Assange: the new face of anti-Americanism

29 November 2010 9:01

Like everyone else, I have poured over the latest cache of Wikileaks – the publication of which I find irresponsible…

The search for peace leads Britain to pay a Taliban impostor

26 November 2010 13:50

That the British government paid a substantial sums of money and attention to someone who they thought was Mullah Akhtar…