US politics

Leaked minutes reveal a party short on ideas and low on confidence

5 November 2009 16:19

It’s worth flagging up the minutes of a regional Labour Party meeting, dated 2 November, that have been leaked to…

The end of special relationships

2 November 2009 15:01

Today, two of my colleagues, former senior MoD official Nick Witney and US analyst Jeremy Shapiro, issued a hard-hitting report…

Once again, Britain stands alone

29 October 2009 13:16

It’s fortunate that pluck and stoicism are fundamental British characteristics and that we are at our best when backs are…

The West’s intelligence deficit on Iran

27 October 2009 16:46

At the headquarters of the Defense Intelligence Agency outside of Washington DC, there are no cardboard mockups of Iran’s nuclear…

Karzai the Envoy Slayer

25 October 2009 18:05

I have just returned from DC, where the talk of the town, or at least of the foreign policy community,…

Evidence relating to the incarceration of Binyam Mohamed will be published

16 October 2009 17:09

The High Court has ruled that a summary of US intelligence, relating to Binyam Mohamed’s allegations that he was tortured,…

Russia pockets Obama’s concession and moves on

14 October 2009 19:34

The strategic logic behind President Obama’s decision to alter US plans for a missile defence shield based in Eastern Europe…

Why are the Pakistani Taliban being given another opening?

11 October 2009 14:07

There is a depressingly predictable story in The New York Times today about reconstruction in the Swat Valley. Here’s the…

A prize that will cost Obama

9 October 2009 16:33

New Majority points out another reason why Obama should have politely told the Nobel Peace prize committee that he would…

Peace in our time

9 October 2009 13:37

When I first saw the headline Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize, I thought I must have read it wrong. After…

Iran’s threshold power

27 September 2009 15:53

The discovery that Iran’s regime has, yet again, deceived the international community and secretly built an additional nuclear facility has…

From the ridiculous to the damaging

24 September 2009 9:02

The ‘Appeal to Conscience’ World Statesman of the Year ought to be treated with more respect, otherwise the award becomes…

Obama’s choice on Afghanistan

23 September 2009 14:09

The New York Times reports that President Obama has re-opened internal debate about Afghan policy, suggesting that he is going…

The McChrystal plan

22 September 2009 11:00

So, the report written by ISAF commander, Stanley McChrystal, to President Obama on NATO’s Afghan mission has been published. It…

Decision time for Obama

21 September 2009 11:17

Bob Woodward has the scoop that General McChrystal’s review of Afghan strategy calls for more troops. McChrystal is direct, stating…

Petraeus’ lonely fight

18 September 2009 17:54

At last night’s Policy Exchange lecture, General David Petraeus said he had known the former CDS, Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank,…

Mr Obama, tear down these missile sites

17 September 2009 18:43

Today Barack Obama publicly tore down the missile installations that George W Bush put up in the Czech Republic and…

Bush didn’t understand Paulson’s bailout

15 September 2009 20:57

Those who think that the financial bailout in the US was rushed through without sufficient thought and that the Treasury…

8 years on

11 September 2009 10:56

Last night’s “tribute in light” for the victims of the World Trade Center attack on September 11th, 2001.

Obama and Cameron: who thought what about whom?

4 September 2009 12:33

Remember that New Statesman article about Obama calling Cameron a “lightweight”?  Well, the Journalist Closest to Obama, Richard Wolffe, has…

Reagan’s consummate circumlocution

3 September 2009 16:08

This tale from Ted Kennedy’s autobiography, to be posthumously published later this month, is classic Reagan and an illustration of…

Following a strike, would Iran close the Straits of Hormuz?

1 September 2009 17:59

In most discussions about what would happen following a strike on Iran it is taken as a given that the…

Libyagate: first denial, then silence now contradictions

29 August 2009 15:27

The Times has obtained confidential correspondence suggesting that, in 1999, Robin Cook assured Madeleine Albright that those found guilty of…

Dan Hannan and Enoch Powell: make your own mind up

27 August 2009 12:07

Here’s footage of Dan Hannan’s month-old US interview in which he cites Enoch Powell as an influence, and which has…

Senator Edward Kennedy, 1932 – 2009

26 August 2009 8:58

Teddy Kennedy has died aged 77 after a battle with brain cancer. Kennedy was a towering member of the senate for nearly…