Speaking Truth to Power?

'To Assange, privacy is an accomplice to conspiracy, and should always be violated to shine a light on the lives of those in power'

Korean Lesson

‘Recalling the events that led up to the Korean War can give us greater understanding of today’s conflicts’

We Have to be Ready For Anything

The forthcoming defence review must answer our need to be able to face unpredictable threats

Bajaur: A Talk with the Taliban

'At last, a familiar sight: we drive past a Johnson & Johnson factory. "This place can't be that bad," I tell myself. "Daniel Pearl was executed near here," the driver says unprompted. "Do you want to see where?"' - Shiraz Maher comes face to face with the Taliban 

Idée fixe

Fiction portentously predicts reality in Anthony Trollope's dystopian vision of state-sponsored euthanasia

Terror Tactics

‘The most successful terrorist organisations are like judo black belts who know how to leverage an opponent’s strength against them’

Ten Years After

‘All is still to play for in this lethal game of blindfold chess’

We Must Not Leave Afghanistan Yet

The West cannot defeat radical Islam if it abandons Afghans and Pakistanis prematurely

History Repeating

‘Read what you like into the failure of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan 30 years ago this month, but none of its echoes bodes well for us’

The Craze for Counter-Insurgency

‘Like Churchill, Obama is not in awe of the overrated expertise of generals’

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"