Espionage

It Must be those Secret Agents of Zion

‘All it takes to stay off Stephen Walt’s list of “usual suspects” is to have a non-Jewish sounding surname’

Agent of his Own Downfall

The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin’s Service by Andrew Meier

Blown Up in Bin Laden Country

Is Pakistani intelligence allowing the country's tribal areas to become a Taliban stronghold? What can the West do about it?

Fear Returns to Russia

Standpoint's Mole in Moscow compares life for the intelligentsia under Putin with the Soviet era

Bearhugged by Uncle Vlad

Germany's fawning attitude towards Putin stems from a belief that Russia is the nearest thing it has to a colony

Honourable Conspirators

The officers who tried to kill Hitler were spurred on by a deep sense of shame and guilt

ONLINE ONLY: ID Cards to be Labour’s Final Fiasco?

After widespread protest, a Japanese High Court ruled that their similar scheme could not legally be enforced. Will people in the UK just roll over and allow the government to know all about them?

Is There a New Cold War with Russia?

Edward Lucas and Mary Dejevsky, both leading commentators on Russia and eastern Europe, discuss the Georgian crisis and its implications for the West

ONLINE ONLY: Furst Principles

The mysterious appeal of Alan Furst's 'historical espionage' novels

Ian Fleming

No novelist since Stevenson imparts so much energy into simple-seeming sentences through inch-perfect phrasing and punctuation

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"
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