What we can learn from our mistakes in Afghanistan

7 August 2021 9:00 am

What we got wrong in Afghanistan

The dirty truth about ‘wash-up’

7 August 2021 9:00 am

‘They asked me if I wanted to wash up before we even went in to dinner,’ my husband recalled with…

What was the point of the war in Afghanistan?

4 August 2021 7:08 am

On 7 October 2001 President George W. Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom – the invasion of Afghanistan. The operation sought…

Is the airline ‘booking surge’ a load of hot air?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Be glad you’re not in Dr Mike Lynch’s shoes. A London judge has ruled that the founder of the Cambridge-based…

The EU is failing to stand up for eastern Europe

29 July 2021 8:42 am

Will the EU stand up for eastern Europe? This question is now being asked by Ukraine following the announcement of…

Why Joe Biden’s Russia-bashing is a tactical mistake

29 July 2021 5:28 am

You might not think that Geoff Norcott, the self-proclaimed conservative comedian, has something to contribute to western relations with Russia,…

Immigration is Joe Biden’s Achilles heel

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Having indulged an unhealthy interest in human migration for decades, I’ve been intrigued by how the number of illegal immigrants…

Cuba libre: why Cubans have reached breaking point

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Havana There is an astonishing patience in the Cuban people, born of endless waiting. When a store has, say, chicken,…

The Soviet spectre haunting Afghanistan

10 July 2021 4:15 pm

As US and British forces pull out of Afghanistan, further victims of the ‘grave of empires’, Russia is experiencing a mix…

The Kremlin's plan to destabilise the West

10 July 2021 9:52 am

On Sunday, Russia releasedits new National Security Strategy. In many ways, it picked up from where the 2015 version left…

Triumph of the Taleban: the unfolding disaster in Afghanistan

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Their patience is paying off

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.…

Why the Biden-Putin summit wasn't a waste of time

17 June 2021 7:43 am

The meeting between U.S. president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva started cordially enough. A quick handshake, toothy smiles…

China is not as strong as it appears

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The theory that the pandemic began with a leak from a research laboratory in Wuhan is rapidly gaining currency. Since…

The wine that links Thomas Jefferson, Charles II and Samuel Pepys

5 June 2021 9:00 am

It seemed a suitable topic for a bank holiday. We were discussing Haut-Brion, a bank-breaking wine. There is a question…

The strange theatre of mask-wearing

22 May 2021 9:00 am

However surreal and dystopian the pandemic landscape seemed at first, no enduring vista feels ‘surreal’ and ‘dystopian’ indefinitely. Citizenries uniformly…

The Trump nightmare isn’t over

15 May 2021 9:00 am

What would happen to the Republicans after Donald Trump? That has been one of the pundits’ favourite themes in the…

‘This was a horrible pandemic – but it wasn’t the big one’: Michael Lewis interviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Michael Lewis on the scientists who saw Covid coming – and were ignored

The UK’s very American political realignment

12 May 2021 5:02 pm

The speed and scale with which voters, mainly but not exclusively in the north of England, have switched their allegiance…

The true cost of make-believe money

8 May 2021 9:00 am

I like Bill Maher. He’s a rare practising left-wing comic who’s actually funny. But last week, his routine on cryptocurrency…

The China model: why is the West imitating Beijing?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

From spending to lockdown, the West is copying Beijing

Portrait of the week: Covid retreats, raves resume and a £165,000 squid

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Home ‘I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre-plus from 21 June,’…

The curious rise of cottagecore

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Cottagecore, not to be confused with cottaging, is an aspirational lifestyle trend. The word is relatively new —although you’ll find…

Britain is not America

25 April 2021 4:00 pm

‘If people in Wales had access to as much media coverage of decisions that affected Wales as they do of…

George Floyd was a victim of American gun culture

24 April 2021 3:30 pm

The triple guilty verdict on Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd was greeted with general relief across the…