Martial Arts

How our adversaries use our flaws against us

‘For a young officer unaccustomed to the crack of rounds hissing around me, the ill-trained jihadis in black masks seemed straight out of central casting. It took years for me to realise how insignificant such events really were’

To preserve liberal democracy, look East

‘The Baltic democracies accomplished what their allies to the West still have not: they hardened their societies without undermining their democratic institutions’

Thus always to tyrants

Actually — assassinating Soleimani was the right thing to do

The myth of “military efficiency”

‘The way we taught people in occupied Europe to sabotage the Nazi regime has now become the way our militaries do business’

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"