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Trump’s Iran strategy has finally won over the ‘Never Trumpers’

8 January 2020 7:05 pm

As a general rule, neoconservatives and hawkish Republican foreign policy officials don’t respect President Donald Trump’s capacities as commander-in-chief. They…

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So much for de-escalation

8 January 2020 11:56 am

‘We are not looking to start a war with Iran,’ said defense secretary Mark Esper today. ‘We are looking to…

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…

Qasem Soleimani’s demise is a gamechanger for Israel

4 January 2020 9:55 pm

The targeted assassination of Qasem Soleimani is a game changer for Israel in its simmering conflict with Tehran. This drone…

Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the coming Iran crisis

4 January 2020 8:42 pm

That gathering drumbeat you hear could be the sound of World War III, or it could be 10,000 journalists still…

The Soleimani assassination is Donald Trump’s biggest gamble yet

3 January 2020 7:31 pm

Ever since Donald Trump was elected president on a non-military interventionist platform, sceptics have questioned his commitment to withdrawing troops…

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Taking out Soleimani is like stepping on a landmine to cure a headache

3 January 2020 4:10 pm

Talleyrand once commented that Napoleon’s execution of the Duke of Enghien in 1804 was worse than a crime. It was…

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What could go right for Trump in 2020?

1 January 2020 2:03 pm

It’s starting to dawn on Democrats that Donald J. Trump might stand on the steps of the Capitol in January…

The alliance between America and Saudi Arabia is over

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The oil-for-security alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia, forged in 1945 when Franklin D. Roosevelt met King Abdul Aziz…

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Robert C. O’Brien, Trump’s good soldier

19 September 2019 12:53 am

With the appointment of Robert C. O’Brien to serve as national security adviser, Donald Trump will once more disappoint his…

Letters: There is more to village life than shutters, benches and paint

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Shambles at sea Sir: On 19 July Iranian Republican Guard forces captured the UK flagged tanker Stena Impero, as described…

Penny Mordaunt: I’m fired. Job done

3 August 2019 9:00 am

I begin the week in Bamako, Mali, with a crackly telephone call to Commodore Dean Bassett, UK Maritime Component Commander…

Persia’s lessons for the PM

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Stanley Johnson suggests his son, the PM, will easily deal with Iran because he is well acquainted with Persian history…

Portrait of the week: The top job for Boris, gifts for Theresa and Carl Beech’s conviction

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson became Prime Minister after being elected the leader of the Conservative party by its members, with 92,153…

How America’s Iran policy is shaped in Riyadh and Jerusalem

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Iran’s seizure of a British-owned oil tanker transiting the Persian Gulf has let loose a fresh round of media war…

Dominic Raab has to handle a stand-off with Iran and his own civil servants

25 July 2019 4:06 am

It’s not an easy time to become Foreign Secretary, as Dominic Raab is about to find out. There is, of…

Britain will soon have to pick a side in the US-Iran spat

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Crises in the Gulf and Conservative leadership elections come around with unnerving regularity. It is not unknown for both to…

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Give Tucker Carlson a Nobel prize! 

20 June 2019 10:49 pm

The strong favorite for the Nobel Peace Prize this year is Greta Thunberg, a girl who lectures grownups about climate…

Iran alone: Tehran’s perspective on escalating hostilities

25 May 2019 9:00 am

On 20 May, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, predicted that Donald Trump would fail to subdue Iran just as…

Trump’s Iran strategy: Keep your enemies close and your hawks closer

18 May 2019 9:00 am

 Washington, DC Donald Trump has an itchy trigger finger, and his name is John Bolton. The President’s national security adviser…

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Donald Trump has been captured by the neocons

9 April 2019 2:27 am

Until now Donald Trump has proceeded with relative impunity in foreign affairs. But his imposition of a terrorist designation on…

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I was forced to wear a hijab. It wasn’t liberating

16 February 2019 9:00 am

It was World Hijab Day earlier this month. You probably missed it, but you can imagine the idea: ‘global citizens’…

A blast of restorative air: comedian Mark Steel. Photo: In Pictures Ltd./ Corbis/ Getty Images

The attempt to bring back topicality to Ambridge has been far too effective

2 February 2019 9:00 am

It’s becoming clear that the travails afflicting all the major players in The Archers, Radio 4’s flagship drama, are intended…

Iran’s boat people — and why they’re coming to Britain

5 January 2019 9:00 am

When the migrant crisis started, about three years ago, it was seen as a mainly Syrian affair. Caught in the…

The people have not forgotten me: the exiled Empress of Iran interviewed

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Somewhere in the bowels of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is a portrait from a lost world. Its subject…