World politics

Will Trump prove his critics wrong over North Korea?

11 June 2018 8:08

Donald Trump means different things to different people. To his core supporters, he’s the man who will make America great…

Trump’s critics should give him the credit he deserves for Korea

27 April 2018 17:12

Donald Trump’s critics waste little time in condemning him. Whether it’s an ill-judged gaffe or a spelling mistake in a…

What will Trump do about the ‘Animal Assad’?

9 April 2018 12:49

Donald Trump’s response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria which left dozens dead has so far been entirely typical:…

How the West got China wrong

28 February 2018 14:47

This week, Xi Jinping is close to achieving what Bill Clinton tried and failed to do: to remove the restriction…

President Xi’s power grab will have global repercussions

28 February 2018 9:00

President Xi Jinping’s second term was meant to come to an end in 2023. However, the news that the Chinese Communist Party’s…

Why won’t the Syria hawks talk about Libya?

23 February 2018 21:53

On Coffee House today, the Tory MP Johnny Mercer says that Britain lost its ‘strength and leadership’ on 29 August, 2013, …

Britain must come to Syria’s aid

23 February 2018 17:53

Last week, while in Munich, I met Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s minister of foreign affairs. When I introduced myself to him…

A Korean thaw is fake news

18 February 2018 8:30

Fake news of the week, I suggest, was the sudden warming of relations on the Korean peninsula following the visit…

Seven years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia faces an uncertain future

17 January 2018 10:46

If Tunisia’s elite continues to fiddle while Carthage burns, the only fledging democracy in the Arab world risks self destructing…

A new Iranian revolution should worry the West

3 January 2018 10:47

Is Iran on the brink of a revolution? The mullahs’ main political adversaries in Washington and Tel Aviv appear to…

Could Trump’s ‘ultimate deal’ for the Middle East be back on?

13 December 2017 7:30

The wailing and gnashing of teeth over Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital continues, but the President’s…

The West is failing to learn its lesson from the fight against Isis

11 December 2017 11:12

The last Isis-held town in Iraq, Rawa, has fallen; across the border in Syria, the Russians declared a ‘total rout of…

Tulip Siddiq’s shameful silence on Bangladesh’s missing people

1 December 2017 12:04

‘Just heartbreaking’, wrote the Labour MP Tulip Siddiq this week as she shared a picture of the daughter of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the…

The fall of tyrants is always a family story

26 November 2017 8:30

Robert Mugabe’s resignation fascinates because the fall of tyrants is always a family story, decline of the father, writ large.…

Israel is becoming ever more part of the Arab Middle East

25 November 2017 9:00

This month, I attended the spectacular centenary dinner for the Balfour Declaration at Lancaster House, with descendants of many of…

When will Jeremy Corbyn admit he was wrong about Venezuela?

15 November 2017 11:43

The socialist thugs who run Venezuela have made such a pig’s ear of running the economy that the country has…

The Maldives’ spotless beaches mask the story of a troubled nation

9 November 2017 16:26

The Maldives’ spotless beaches mask the story of a troubled nation. The country’s former president, Mohamed Nasheed, is in exile in…

The West’s failure to speak up for the Kurds is shameful

18 October 2017 10:16

The enduring image of the fall of Kirkuk is the Humvee. The advancing Iraqi forces rolled into the Kurdish-held city…

Jeremy Corbyn’s silence on Venezuela speaks volumes

30 September 2017 11:00

Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance to condemn the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, shows just how weak and mealy-mouthed he is. The Labour…

Why won’t Britain support the Kurdish referendum?

28 September 2017 17:02

Erbil They like the British here in Iraqi Kurdistan. You hear it from people everywhere in Erbil, the region’s capital.…

Kurdistan defies the threats to hold its referendum vote

26 September 2017 7:11

The Machko teahouse in the centre of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, has seen much of the area’s history. Founded…

There’s still some method to Donald Trump’s madness

20 September 2017 9:30

Donald Trump’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly was both an echo of George W. Bush and something original.…

Donald Trump discovers his inner neocon

19 September 2017 16:47

Donald Trump fully embraced his inner neocon before the United Nations today. He lashed out at North Korea, indicating that…

Hurricane Harvey could push petrol prices up to 121p a litre, and inflation to 3%

4 September 2017 14:15

While the horrific destruction that Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake might feel like a nightmare happening miles away, we might…

Iran’s growing influence points to a bleak future for the Middle East

2 September 2017 8:30

After six years of fierce fighting and with hundreds of thousands dead, the Syrian civil war finally appears to be settling…