A Donald Trump presidency would test the alliance to breaking point at a time when it faces threats across a wide range of fronts

The retiring Afghan President who, for all his faults, has defended freedom and democracy

Putin’s Crimean adventure, US isolation and EU decline show that the Western Allies urgently need to come up with a new strategy

Press officers and PRs are corrupting public life. Journalists must lead a revolt against this pestilential trade

The Ukraine crisis has revealed the incoherence of the Obama doctrine. Until the US reasserts itself, liberal democracy is in danger

The man Western liberals believe should be leader of an independent Palestine is a Jew-hater who deserves to be prosecuted

Earlier this week, a newly founded jihadist media group, the al-Balagh Islamic Centre, released an interview with Siraj Haqqani, leader of the Haqqani Network, a Taliban group operating in eastern Afghanistan.  It is available on a number of jihadist forums and also on the Flashpoint Partners website.

Now that the insurgency is cracking, the time has come for Nato to send more troops into the war zone to finish off the job

Yesterday, David Miliband indicated that NATO are considering political engagement with moderate sections of the Taliban.  He insisted that any military strategy must be combined with a political one in order for the Afghan mission to be a success.


In the last two weeks, The Times has run two comment pieces on Afghanistan.  Both are as fascinating as they are distinctly different.