Scotland’s “no” vote befits a melancholy nationalism
An expatriate British Scot's prediction has proved correct, though it cost him some angst.
Putin strides forward into the 19th Century
Vladimir Putin is not a new Stalin, but he does have the mindset of a Czar.
Doing justice to Ian Paisley
Forgiveness, yes, but the honest recording of memory has its own moral imperative.
The implications of a “yes” vote for Scotland’s independence
Does separation foreshadow the break-up of the nation-state model?
The global citizen without a country?
Today’s global citizenship movement emphasizes human rights disconnected from the history of any particular nation.
The virtue of subtlety: a U.S. strategy against the Islamic State
The American strategy in the Middle East is fixed: allow powers in the region to balance against each other. When that fails, intervene.
Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea strategy
It is essential for the US to think in terms of a coherent center of gravity of operations.
Iraq and Syria follow Lebanon’s precedent
A strong case can be made that the nation states created a century ago in the Middle East are now defunct.
The urgency of peace
Peace between Israel and Hamas must be founded on justice, not merely a cessation of hostilities.
Europe’s malaise: the new normal?
Europe has been mired in an economic crisis of slow growth and high unemployment for half a decade now.
Play it again, Sam
The late Samuel Huntington's claim that we face a clash of civilizations needs to be dusted off.
Israel’s stated aims in Gaza make no sense…
...and cannot secure a just future.
The Hamas government in Gaza has always been a tragic mess
But to describe Hamas as merely a terrorist group is to miss its complexities.
A war which can have no outcome
Neither Israel nor Hamas believes that this will bring an end to their conflict.
Can Putin survive?
Russia's strongman is far from finished, but events in Ukraine have weakened his position.
When will the rivers of hatred run dry?
Can Barack Obama earn his Nobel Peace Prize retrospectively by bringing peace to Israel?
Reflections on an unforgiving day
What links the twin tragedies of a downed plane over the Ukraine and Israel's invasion of Gaza?
Gaza situation report
Hamas and Israel are playing a deadly game with no clear outcome.
The Sunni Ramadan offensive and the lessons of Tet
Sunni jihadists have won a propaganda victory. But can they maintain their momentum?
The US has unfinished business in Ukraine and Iraq
If Obama needs a role model, let him look to the subtle and experienced Dwight Eisenhower.
An agenda for the new King of Spain
Felipe VI has taken over - here are some of the things he needs to do.
The intrigue lying behind Iraq’s jihadist uprising
There are as many winners as there are losers in the Iraq game.
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