social and political issues
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.
On its 237th birthday, some of America’s problems haven’t changed
Many national issues today remain eerily similar to the problems faced by Washington and his colleagues.
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.
How has Iraq lost a third of its territory to ISIS in three days?
A deadly rift has opened up within Iraqi society.
What crisis comes after the Ukraine crisis?
This strategic country could become a battleground in a new Cold War.
“Tiananmen Square is being cleansed with blood”
How a movement for social justice ended in a night of horror.
A cultural package that sorts winners from losers
The Tiger Mom (with co-author) has another go at explaining what makes for success.
Romania’s delicate balance
They fear Russian aggression but distrust America's sense of commitment.
Borderlands: Hungary manoeuvres
Prime Minister Viktor Orban is performing a delicate balancing act both at home and abroad.
Growing old should not mean growing isolated
A social isolation epidemic among older people is being countered by community building initiatives.
Borderlands: the new strategic landscape
Europe experienced three wars in the 20th century. Is the same pattern reasserting itself?
The US opts for ineffective sanctions on Russia
Sometimes the most prudent course of action is to appear to be acting decisively while doing nothing at all.
The truth behind Obamacare’s phony 8 million signups
Obama's "affordable care" is horrendously expensive for what you get.
Philippines population control law gets judicial green light
A so-called reproductive health law is “not unconstitutional” says the Supreme Court. But the new contraceptive era could easily become so.
US defence policy in the wake of the Ukrainian affair
Rethinking American strategy in the framework of conventional war against enemies fighting on their own terrain.
Russia and the US negotiate the future of Ukraine
When something must get done, the number to call is still in the USA.
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