Foreign Policy

The West cannot do business with Iran

14 August 2022 4:41 am

Salman Rushdie’s would-be assassin might have been a lone wolf. He might have had no contact with military or intelligence…

Has Putin resurrected the West?

28 February 2022 6:00 pm

I think Putin will have been surprised. I mean: I was surprised. Weren’t you? Not, necessarily, that Ukraine should have…

Two reasons Putin thinks he can weather sanctions

24 February 2022 8:47 pm

The nature of the Russian attack on Ukraine, striking across the country and not just concentrating on the territory claimed…

Putin must look at the West and laugh

23 February 2022 6:15 am

Whatever the West’s response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty, the crisis demonstrates the limitations of western politics and policy…

Putin may yet resist a full-on invasion

15 February 2022 3:56 am

The west is still in the dark on what Vladimir Putin will do next. The Russian military build-up on the…

Ukraine's plight paints a bleak vision of Europe's future

12 February 2022 3:02 am

It is tempting to view Vladimir Putin as a Cold War relic: a former KGB officer who hasn’t got over the…

No one should celebrate the decline of America

27 January 2022 10:22 pm

Where is America? Like an old friend who hasn’t been in touch for years, you wonder if its silence is…

Does the world want America ‘back’?

15 January 2022 8:32 pm

American foreign-policy strategists used to promulgate doctrines. Now they dream up slogans. ‘America is back’ is the jingle under which…

China is right to laugh at the west

10 December 2021 6:54 am

Signs of the enervating weakness of the west’s governing elites aren’t that hard to find but the case of the…

Joe Biden is making the world a more dangerous place

2 November 2021 11:17 pm

Less than a year into the Biden presidency the world suddenly is a very chaotic place. The hasty and botched…

Biden and Putin have left Britain out in the cold

19 June 2021 4:11 pm

It would probably be wrong to say that Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin got on like a house on fire.…

MPs question Johnson's plan for Global Britain

17 March 2021 6:59 am

Boris Johnson still has a journalist’s ear for snappy phrases — levelling up, an oven-ready Brexit, Global Britain. The PM…

Brexit is about renewal, not just leaving the EU. And there’s no time to waste

15 December 2018 9:00 am

None of us can predict the potential fallout from Brexit, good and bad. What began as a vote of confidence…

The great EU power trap

28 May 2016 9:00 am

What British ‘influence’ and EU ‘power’ really mean

Why leaving the EU wouldn’t make Britain any more free

19 March 2016 9:00 am

‘Out’ campaigners picture leaving the EU as a liberation. It wouldn’t be

Donald Trump's angry America

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Welcome to Trump’s America, where greed is great and viciousness beautiful

George Osborne’s epic kowtow to China

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Cameron and Osborne have a very clear China policy: do whatever China wants

Calling all British tourists — Ukraine needs you!

23 May 2015 9:00 am

 Kiev ‘What the hell’s going to happen to your poor country?’ I ask the man in the flea market not…

It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin

7 March 2015 9:00 am

For Nato and the EU as much as for Putin, Ukraine is a question not of virtue but of power and land

Shelling, militiamen and shattered villages: welcome to eastern Ukraine’s ceasefire

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Ukraine’s war goes on – in some places now, and soon everywhere

Europeans no longer fear Germany. But do the Germans still fear themselves?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Germans are beginning to recognise that they will not always be able to stay out of military conflicts

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…

Sanctions won’t tame Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Talking might

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Sanctions won’t help. One thing might

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…