There are severe limits to what the UK can do as a middle-ranking power. But it can do better than firefighting every crisis with an emergency meeting of Cobra.
The most crucial of all decisions – to go to war – must not be left in the constitutional and procedural shadowy shambles it currently is.
The PM is not alone in failing to articulate a clear set of principles for this new era.
Making a global spectacle of the murder of a western journalist carries a uniquely powerful propaganda message for the jihadists.
The people’s representatives should be able to exercise their democratic role, whether it is convenient for the prime minister or not.
Channel 4 News’s foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Rugman on a dramatic week spent in northern Iraq.
Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column.
Late last night, the militant jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) released a video purporting to show the beheading of James Foley, a US journalist who went missing in Syria in 2012. Foley was a fearless, generous and committed reporter, who had also been detained while reporting in Libya.
The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says that Britain’s role in Iraq has extended beyond humanitarian assistance.