For European countries, and for the United States, too, the shift from cold war to post-cold war had been too rapid for their thinking. Militarily their forces were still organised for a life-or-death struggle with the Warsaw Pact. Politically they could
The decision to launch a terrorist attack abroad might reflect its inability to mount a successful offensive against African Union troops on the ground but it is also a mark of al-Shabab’s enduring strength.
A new report suggests that African economies resemble those of Medieval Europe, and so hopes of sustained growth across the continent are unrealistic.
Health care is being hampered by those involved in the conflict because of the Assad regime’s willingness to target doctors and hospitals.
Doug Band came to the Clinton White House in 1995 - and was instrumental in creating the post-presidential philanthropic Clinton empire. Now he is striking out on his own, and causing all kinds of problems for Bill and Hillary.
How the militant Somalia group behind the deadly attack on a Kenyan shopping centre formed, and why it is attacking foreign targets now.
The Chinese tradition of giving away mooncakes in mid-autumn is surprisingly revealing.
Inside the bizarre world of animal espionage.
It's not too late for the world to learn the lesson of the US's foreign policy mistakes.
As she faces re-election, the signs are that Angela Merkel’s commitment to the euro stretches only so far as the maths continue to work for Germany. Andrew Gimson on the roots of a genial but ruthlessly pragmatic politician.
Policy-makers in London and South Korea want to crack down on fried chicken shops, but for two very different reasons
One hundred years ago, Gandhi launched the decisive 1913 campaign that was to transform him into a figure of international stature. Later this year, we commemorate it.
While the US continues to deliberate their course of action, so, too, does Hezbollah. After depending upon the Syrian regime for so long, how will they retaliate in the event of air strikes?
In seeking to break with a past tainted by Iraq, the Syria vote entrenches the legacy of that war. So what next?
How did Obama find himself in such a rococo mess, pinned between haters in the House and his KGB rival?
As the recession bites, state funding for Italy's museums and galleries has disappeared, and Italians are coming up with inventive forms of common ownership, to challenge power from the bottom up.
The nationwide protests of the summer have mostly petered out, but Brazil's police and government still have a lot to answer for.
If I were in Bashar al-Assad's office as Obama's speech at the White House was televised around the world, I think I would hear the following.
As the threat of military intervention continues to loom over Syria, in a far-flung corner of the country, the town of Deir Ezzour offers an insight into the suffering of ordinary Syrians.
Rhetoric aside, how does Syria today actually compare to Iraq in 2003?
A piece by the future Nobel winner on the curious atmosphere in Ulster during the Troubles, first published in the <em>NS</em> of 1 July 1966.
The central parts of Damascus feel more like a city at war than they did a year ago but physically the place is still almost untouched, finds the BBC's Middle East editor.
When we picture a sex tourist, we usually think of a middle-aged man. But growing numbers of women are paying for a “holiday romance”.
Ireland is second only to Greece in terms of the scale and speed of health cutbacks undertaken by “developed” countries.
At least 26 million unemployed people will be looking for work across Europe this summer, while in Britain, 2,400 bankers are earning over €1m a year - real pounds and euros that should be better spread out.
The third-poorest country in the EU, Latvia punitive welfare conditions and the exclusion of Russian-speakers from surrounding nations has lead to a depopulation of 30,000 a year.
What kind of a social model is it that leaves half of young people out of work? George Eaton profiles Spain's employment woes.
Nicky Woolf is glad that there are still people such as Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning around.
The state of roads in the West Bank tells you everything you need to know about the possibility of Middle East peace, writes Nabila Ramdani.