Three news books suggest Britain's adventure in Afghanistan was a horrible waste of lives and money
Al-Sisi needs to get a grip if US and secular middle classes are to support his leadership
If Crimea is re-annexed to Moscow, the numbers fleeing could create a humanitarian crisis
Time to press pause on Nordic noir thrillers and consider the real-life fate of a brave Dutchwoman
Pussy Riot shows the way: social media coverage is the best answer to Kiev's 'wicked problem'
Brave talk cannot hide the risk of Afghanistan being a hub for resurgent al-Qaeda groups
In trying to keep Bush's conversations with Blair secret, the US is taking 'exceptionalism' too far
More and more voices are agreed: the ‘narrow, limited operation' proposed by Obama simply won't work
The notion that the Arab Spring would produce stable, democratic, open government was naive and even delusional
This marks the biggest retreat from global responsibility by a US President since Woodrow Wilson in 1919
With an inadequate Naval force, and little air cover, he experienced problems that persist today
However humane the cause for intervening against Bashar Assad may be, the old rules still hold
Shrewd, cultivated and cosmopolitan new president knows that misery of daily life in Iran is the key issue
Turkey is officially secular – and the protesters don't like Erdogan's increasingly Islamic agenda
Assad's forces remain the most effective military formations in Syria and that's not about to change
Future wars will be fought by British commanders well versed in the rhetoric of management schools
How did we fall for it? Why were the sceptics ignored? And is it about to happen all over again in Syria?
If he can't make the Catholic Church and its practices fit for our times, his papacy will be an irrelevance
Grillo takes his place in the piazza with the Italian people - and there's no going back to the old ways
PM's new strategy masks the ugly truth – that unless Trident is dropped, we cannot afford these missions
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