Accusations of off-board skulduggery can be a powerful tool of psychological warfare
Tim Judah’s In Wartime provides a first-hand picture of what is happening on the ground in Ukraine
In both Ukraine and Syria, the Russian President has exploited the West’s weakness to divide Nato and halt the advance of democracy
Our failure to face up to the Russian ruler could have dire consequences
Putin’s Crimean adventure, US isolation and EU decline show that the Western Allies urgently need to come up with a new strategy
Unless Europeans and Americans reform government by cutting back its functions and adopting the best practice in delivering services, from Indian medicine to Singaporean welfare, they risk being overtaken by China and other rivals.
Russia may dominate world maps, but it is an economic pygmy compared with the developed nations as a bloc
Vladimir Putin is often described as being like a grandmaster in his moves on the diplomatic board. This is based on the clichéd view that Russian skill at chess is a function of national character — which it isn’t: besides which, Putin’s moves are conditioned by rage and resentment, which leads to highly irrational decisions.
‘Like everyone else in Kiev my friend has been having nightmares’
The Ukraine crisis has revealed the incoherence of the Obama doctrine. Until the US reasserts itself, liberal democracy is in danger