In the magazine this month

March 2011

President Obama has made a hash of the crisis in Cairo so far. Rather than demanding early elections, Washington should eschew overblown rhetoric and help pro-Western parties to thwart Islamism
Hosni Mubarak's resignation as president of Egypt, after thirty years of authoritarian rule, is a major seismic event in the unstable Middle East. Although not as shattering as the 1981 assassination of his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, Mubarak's departure may actually pose more of a challenge to Egypt's long-ruling military than either Sadat's murder or the natural death of Gamal Nasser, the first officer in the modern military line after the 1952 overthrow of King Farouk.  The "regime" thereafter was the military itself; while Mubarak was obviously its apex in recent years, the military establishment as a whole governed, not just one man.  
JONATHAN PARIS

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will look to take advantage of the instability in the Arab world by changing the Middle East narrative. But will he first have to stem a popular rebellion among his own people?

DAVID BARRETT

Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding reveals the Wikileaks founder's facile politics and ignorance of history

NICHI HODGSON
On the centenary of International Women's Day, feminist attitudes to gender roles and the pay gap need reevaluating
 
DAVID CAMERON
Reproduced in full — and not yet available via any of the Government or Conservative Party's websites — David Cameron's speech to the Community Security Trust on March 2
DANIEL EILON
The biased historiography of Channel 4's mini-series The Promise is just one recent example of innumerable and programmatic efforts to demonise Israel
KATHARINE BIRBALSINGH
The education system's emphasis on skills and "learning to learn" denies the truth that acquiring knowledge teaches children to think
 
TIM CONGDON
The former prime minister didn't save the world after the Great Crash of 2008. Instead, his actions only made things worse
JULIE BINDEL
Peta is the world's largest campaign group for animal rights. But this international vegan organisation resembles a misanthropic cult
TIBOR FISCHER
After last year's landslide, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been attacked across Europe for his new media law. But is the criticism fair?
 
DAVID ROSE
The British official who fixed the frontier that now divides Afghanistan and Pakistan unwittingly unleashed a century of war
DAMBISA MOYO AND NIALL FERGUSON
Dambisa Moyo, author of How the West was Lost, and Niall Ferguson, author of Civilization: The West and the Rest, discuss the Eastern challenge to Western prosperity with the Editor of Standpoint, Daniel Johnson