Terror Tactics

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

Too Much Information

We were obsessed — but what did Baghdad bloggers think of the Chilcot Inquiry?

Just Enquiry

‘Retired civil servants often bite hand that used to feed them, especially when answering questions from one of their own’

The Craze for Counter-Insurgency

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

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

The Ancient Entertainer

The Man who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus by Justin Marozzi

‘In the struggle against terrorism, is our foreign policy an aggravating factor? Yes, in that anything we do aggravates them’

‘Let’s stop accusing the US of being a big bully. They are the ones who foot the bill and provide the military hardware’

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"