Welcome to Obama’s Parallel Universe

Until Republicans convince voters that strong foreign policy is crucial to national security, America’s decline will continue

Why the West Can’t Do Business With Iran

Obama persists in trying to talk to a regime whose “sacred cause” is to replace a US-led world order with an Islamic one

The Barrister and the Bomb

Geoffrey Robertson's latest target is nuclear Iran. But his new book looks through the prism of "legal architectures" and so cannot offer real suggestions as to how to stop the Iranians get the bomb

Confronting Islamic Intimidation

'Since when does violence by those whose religious feelings are offended weaken America's resolve to stand by its values?'

Yes We Still Can

'America's president seems to have bought the argument that the US should not be a hyperpower. With that, its competitors will gladly fill the void'

Corporation Crackdown

'Surely tax avoidance is perfectly legal? Not when you are a multinational corporation operating in the third world, it seems'

Model Justice

Obama's decision to prosecute Khaled Sheik Mohammed in Guantanamo Bay shows even he believes in the efficacy of its military court

Old Despots’ Home

Exiled tyrants need no longer fear: a luxurious afterlife awaits them in a club for failed dictators

From Carthage to Kasserine

In the wake of the Tunisian Revolution, a myriad of nascent political parties are making a shambolic claim for power

Of Foreign Crimes

‘Will Mubarak stand trial for crimes committed as president of Egypt? We only need to look at neighbouring Israel for a precedent’

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"