Two Words You Won’t Hear This Election: Foreign Policy

At a time of chaos across three continents, neither David Cameron nor Ed Miliband is willing to reconsider Britain's place in the world seriously

Strangers in their own Holy Land

The embattled Christian communities in Bethlehem and Nazareth

Liberty Here, Tyranny There

The apologetics over John Stuart Mill's shocking attitudes towards foreigners is the only thing that lets down Georgios Varouxakis's otherwise excellent study of the political philosopher

Underrated: Tony Blair

The former Prime Minister, whose call for Western military intervention in Syria is consistent with his words and actions in office

Kerry’s Carry-On

‘Why is John Kerry’s plane shuttling to Tel Aviv? The US is not even attempting to stop the killing in Syria or Egypt’

Neoconservatism: A Good Idea That Won’t Go Away

Critics like to think that neoconservative ideas lie buried in the sands of Iraq. But neocons are still in the mainstream of US politics

Pyongyang’s Ballistic Bluff

‘A North Korean attack could be the last nail in the coffin of unchallenged American power in the world’

Why Was There No Holy Roman Project?

Brendan Simms's new epic history of Europe is an earnest and old-fashioned of great power rivalries

It’s Too Late To Stop Syria Disintegrating

When the dust settles in Damascus, the country will have been torn apart and, as in Yugoslavia, the process will be irreversible

Underestimating Jong Un

‘Western optimists like to assume North Korea is on the verge of implosion. But the hermit kingdom is not going to collapse any time soon’

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"