Barack Obama

There’s nothing British about it but one in six Britons now celebrates Thanksgiving

5 December 2015 9:00 am

I have always found Thanksgiving, which was celebrated in the United States last week, the most agreeable and least stressful…

Obama's weakness has helped Putin – and Isis

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The principal strategic objective in the war on terror has been a failure. Ever since 9/11, the aim has been…

Watching Republicans has never been so fun. But voting for them…

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Washington DC A friend of mine asked his father, aged 82: ‘Dad, at this stage of life, what do you…

A Commons consensus on bombing Syria is further away than ever

7 November 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron doesn’t do regret. It is not in his nature to sit and fret about decisions that he has…

The climate summit in Paris will feature a lot of hot air

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The delegates who will gather for the star-studded Paris climate summit include celebrities, presidents and perhaps even the Pope. Among…

How to help black boys afraid of ‘acting white’

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Black British boys are being held back by fear of betraying their background. Immigrant children know how to deal with that

Portrait of the week

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Home At least 30 British people were among 38 shot dead at a beach resort at Sousse in Tunisia by…

Portrait of the week

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said of the EU referendum: ‘If you want to be part of the government,…

Jonathan Portes, master of the political correction

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Jonathan Portes, master of the political correction

Encounters with the nastiest people on the internet

6 June 2015 9:00 am

It is almost a century since the Michelin brothers had the brainwave of supplementing their motorists’ guide with information about…

Smash Isis now – or we’ll all pay later

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Assassinate its leadership, destroy its sense of destiny

How the other half of the press parties – a war correspondent’s letter from Washington

9 May 2015 9:00 am

This week has been all about the election, the US presidential election that is. It is 18 months away but…

How Hillary Clinton found her populist side (and why she’ll have to lose it)

18 April 2015 9:00 am

If you want to be the Democratic nominee, it’s populism or bust

Forget Geneva: the real US-Iran carve-up is happening in Iraq

21 March 2015 9:00 am

While Obama talks centrifuges in Geneva, Iranian-backed militia are redrawing the map of Iraq

In this election, won't someone please weaponise defence?

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Britain is forfeiting its position on the world stage. With no national debate, we are surrendering our claim to be…

Those ancient Greeks were bores — but things are looking up

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Thick snow is falling hard and heavy, muffling sounds and turning the picturesque village postcard beautiful. I am lying in…

Send in the clowns - how comedy ate British politics

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Why has politics turned into stand-up?

Barack Obama: anatomy of a failure

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Whatever happened to Barack Obama?

What Romans would have made of Obama's Syria strategy

20 September 2014 9:00 am

President Obama was assailed for saying that the USA had no strategy on combating Isis. Vegetius (late 4th century AD), the…

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The brutal truth? Britain lacks the reach to bring any ISIS killer to justice

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Politicians’ promises to bring those who murder British hostages to justice almost never come true

Henry Kissinger interview: ‘I don’t see the wisdom there once was’

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Henry Kissinger on statesmanship from Richelieu to Obama

Violence, fear, confusion: this is what comes into a leadership vacuum

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The old cliché that ‘nothing happens in August’ has again been brutally disproved. From the centenary of the outbreak of…

Hillary Clinton’s autobiography seems destined to join her husband’s - in a bin marked ‘Free’

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Last year a Washington-based journalist called Mark Leibovich wrote This Town, a book whose thesis was, roughly, that Washington-based journalists…

Paul Johnson’s diary: Boris would make a great PM – but he must strike now

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I feel an intense antipathy for Vladimir Putin. No one on the international scene has aroused in me such dislike…