Issue: May 2011

ONLINE ONLY: We’ve Created A Monster

The West has turned to former Afghani drug traffickers to hunt insurgents. But these "covert armies" are producing unpredictable warlords as powerful as the ones they are tracking down.

ONLINE ONLY: Tayyip’s Behemoth AKP Marches On

Erdogan's Islamist party is capitalising on the disunity of its opposition — and engaging in novel approaches to buying votes — as it steamrolls to another election victory

Ancient and Modern

A.C. Grayling's not-so-good book just reinforces quite how special are other holy texts

Model Justice

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

No Such Thing

The infamous phrase shouldn't be attributed to Mrs T — it was first coined by David Lodge in his novel, Ginger, You're Barmy

Burke’s Warning

History may remember the Arab Spring's "noble revolutionaries" in the same terms as those of the French Revolution — utopian and doomed to failure

Blundering in the Desert

Book review of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens