social and political issues
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.
Historical Kiev, a city ringing with ‘holy, heavenly songs’
The seat of today's beleaguered Ukraine government was once the mother of Russian cities.
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.
World War I centenary: five historians, two questions
What caused it? Can it happen again?
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.
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