Con Coughlin

Let the Soldiers do the Fighting, says the General

Britain’s former chief of staff says politicians have undermined military strategy by meddling, leading Putin and Islamic State to despise the West

Underrated: Hamid Karzai

The retiring Afghan President who, for all his faults, has defended freedom and democracy

Overrated: The Emir of Qatar

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani: the ruler who funds Islamist extremists

Rough Justice or Murder?

The Reckoning tells of how Avraham Stern's death changed the fate of Israel

Overrated: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Despite their Supreme Leader's violent hostility to Israel and the West, many Iranians believe he is simply not up to the job

His Master’s Angry Voice

A disciple of Ayatollah Khomeini's apocalyptic ideology, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is about to turn Iran into a nuclear rogue state

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"