David Patrikarakos

Extremists are going to thrive in the post-lockdown world

16 May 2020 7:00 pm

Throughout the lockdown I’ve been nagged by a persistent thought. As I sit indoors and read the news; as I…

Coronavirus has exposed Iran's rotten republic

6 May 2020 9:04 pm

If coronavirus has taught us anything it’s that if you really want to understand something of a state’s essential character,…

Kim Jong-un: dead or alive?

26 April 2020 7:45 pm

Yet again the news from Pyongyang is both disconcerting and vague. Yet again North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is rumoured…

Could the Covid crash spark another Arab Spring?

23 April 2020 2:26 am

They said we were going to uncouple from the Middle East. Barack Obama, they said, was going to pivot to…

A simple way for Keir Starmer to help Labour reject Corbynism

11 April 2020 5:32 pm

It’s over then. After almost five years, Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure as Labour leader has come to a close. Corbyn ended…

Jews have always been blamed for plagues - coronavirus is no different

4 April 2020 1:42 am

History has not usually been kind to the Jews. But even by its low and morbid standards, the 14th century…

Beware China's masked diplomacy

31 March 2020 3:51 am

‘How do you deal toughly with your banker?’ This was the not quite rhetorical question that Hillary Clinton asked Australia’s…

Corona confusion is being ruthlessly weaponised

22 March 2020 10:37 pm

Few words have as great a hold on the contemporary imagination as ‘disinformation.’ Few words are as ubiquitous in contemporary…

Dirty money and political manipulation: Independence Square, by A.D. Miller, reviewed

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

A.D. Miller’s gripping new book is set largely during Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution, which Miller covered as a journalist. Ten…

The downing of a civilian jet only adds to Tehran’s desperation

10 January 2020 9:09 pm

Drama and tragedy continue to envelop Iran. Just hours after the regime struck two US bases in Iraq on Wednesday,…

Could Iran’s retaliation against the United States lead to war?

8 January 2020 7:11 pm

So it happened. Iran has just struck back against the United States for its killing of Quds force chief Qassem…

Iran’s generals are weeping for Qasem Soleimani. But soon they will prepare to fight

4 January 2020 9:56 pm

It has been 24 hours since America droned Qasem Soleimani near Baghdad airport. Now both Iran and the United States…

How Iran will strike back after the killing of Qasem Soleimani

3 January 2020 7:23 pm

In the early hours of the morning, Iraqi State television reported that the leader of Iran’s Qud’s Force, Qasem Soleimani…

Beautifully out of sync: All the Lives We Never Lives reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

‘Myshkin’ wants ‘a tiding ending’ to his life and has settled down to write his will. An ageing Indian horticulturalist,…

Rumbles in the jungle

26 August 2017 9:00 am

A CIA agent, a naive young filmmaker, a dilettante heir and a lost Mayan temple form the basis of Ned…

A parable of good and evil

15 October 2016 9:00 am

It is difficult to write well about slavery. As with the Holocaust, the subject’s horrific nature lends itself too easily…