Obama’s Timidity Risks the World’s Security

The President has eviscerated the US defence budget, and so threatens to deprive America of the means to use decisive force

Last Post for a Global Power

Britain’s Strategic Defence and Security Review is cutting vital parts of the armed forces. It must be changed before events change it for us

No Brits in Basra

British businesses are nowhere to be seen in Iraq, unlike the companies of those countries that opposed the war

We Have to be Ready For Anything

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

UN Non-Resolutions

'Because of all the procrastination, crippling or biting sanctions will not be imposed on Iran'

The Craze for Counter-Insurgency

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

A Military Solution for Afghanistan

Now that the insurgency is cracking, the time has come for Nato to send more troops into the war zone to finish off the job

Smarter than Smart Bombs

‘In his desire to see the bombers go into Iran, John Bolton does not consider the sort of smart sanctions experts actually envisage’

A Mad Call to Arms

As Middle East countries rush to acquire nuclear weapons, the Cold War stalemate will not apply in the region

Arms and the Man

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen; War Since 1990 and War: A Short History by Jeremy Black

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"