Grey Power Time Bomb

Political parties are being held to ransom by older voters. And it's the young who are paying the price

The Future of Unholy War

The story of al-Qaeda's lost leader, Abdullah Azzam, illuminates the murderous nature of global jihad

Out of the Twilight Zone

An exhibition of WG Sebald's archives offers an intriguing view of the late UK-based emigré German writer's life and loves

ONLINE ONLY: The Great Divide

The deadliest but least understood Middle Eastern faultline is between Sunni and Shia

ONLINE ONLY: What is a Liberal Conservative Foreign Policy?

It sounds like a refreshing antidote to neoconservatism, but little is known about the Conservative Party's foreign policy approach

Is David Cameron a Thatcherite?

Bruce Anderson debates Robin Harris on David Cameron's Thatcherite credentials

A Tory Vision for Europe

Suddenly, the Conservatives are in tune with voters across the continent - and can lead the way to a more democratic EU

South Ossetia is Not Kosovo

Moscow has accused the West of double standards, but the former Yugoslav province has a cast-iron case for independence - unlike the secessionists in Georgia

We Can’t All Make the Grade

The romantic belief, common to Left and Right, that every child is capable of academic success has been proved wrong

Through a Glass Darkly

Black and white supporters of Barack Obama are voting for very different presidents

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"