Why the Taliban are winning in Afghanistan
By William Dalrymple - 22 June 21:19

As Washington and London struggle to prop up a puppet government over which Hamid Karzai has no cont

Lean, green killing machines
By John Naish - 13 May 11:54

The race is on between China and the US to equip their forces with eco technologies – and China is w

Weekly Briefing
By Staff blogger - 22 April 8:06

Sudan: election row

How I am practising what I preach
By Mark Lynas - 19 April 9:09

It is quite difficult for someone who spends his life pontificating to try to do something practical for a change.

India should be more like Google
By James Purnell - 19 April 9:05

The internet giant’s model of “foreign policy” is one that should be emulated by all democracies.

China and Brazil boost links
By New Statesman - 16 April 13:49

Countries sign several trade and investment agreements on the sidelines of BRIC summit in Brazilian

Chagos: "A year from now the right of return will have been restored"
By Sean Carey - 01 April 11:08

An interview with David Snoxell, former British high commissioner in Mauritius, about the plight of

Weekly Briefing
By Staff blogger - 01 April 8:11

Russia: bombings
On 29 March, two suicide bombings on the Moscow Metro killed 39 and injured 70. The attacks are the first in the city since a bomb exploded at Paveletskaya Station in 2004.

Weekly Briefing
By Staff blogger - 11 March 7:08

Nigeria, Haiti, and Asia's missing women.

Home truths
By Fatima Bhutto - 15 February 8:16

Pakistan is far from being the country many of us think. Fatima Bhutto dispels a few myths.

Nothing to Envy
By Charlotte Middlehurst - 11 February 7:09

The award-winning journalist Barbara Demick tells the stories of six North Koreans and their journeys away from Kim Jong-il's totalitarian communist regime.

Start the world, we want to get on
By Anthony Giddens - 08 February 7:54

The Copenhagen debacle gave little grounds for hope of concerted action against climate change, but

China in their hands
By Henry Smith - 04 February 6:28

Washington and Beijing are blaming each other on climate change

The NS Interview: Malalai Joya
By Mehdi Hasan - 25 January 16:33

"Obama is a warmonger, no different from Bush”

China to kick start consumer revolution in Africa
By Sean Carey - 25 January 16:17

China's economic might in Africa can develop the continent's consumption markets and reap the reward

India: Humanity, Equality, Destiny?
By Nicola McNaughton - 25 January 10:42

Despite the international perception of India, social discrimination based on the outlawed caste sys

What if... Soviets hadn't fought Afghans
By Dominic Sandbrook - 25 January 7:11

Last summer, like a growing number of British tourists, I went on holiday to the Soviet Union. The border controls still leave something to be desired, the bureaucracy drives you mad and the food can often be terrible.

Back to the USSR
By Rodric Braithwaite - 21 January 7:37

The invasion of Afghanistan was disastrous for the Soviets, leading ultimately to a humiliating with

“The danger is being outgoverned, rather than outgunned”
By David Miliband - 21 January 7:37

We must prevent Afghanistan becoming a crucible once again for attacks against the rest of the world

Leader: The London summit won’t bring peace to Afghanistan
By Staff blogger - 21 January 7:37

The Afghanistan war remains unwinnable. Britain should be making plans to withdraw

Bad Korea moves
By Nicholas Eberstadt - 21 January 7:37

In the mid-1990s, North Korea became the only urban, literate society ever to suffer famine in peacetime: up to a million died. Like all famines in our age, it was politically determined.

Land of blue gold
By Isabel Hilton - 18 January 9:42

In a region fraught with mutual distrust, anxieties over water supply are raising tensions between I

China bashing
By Sebastian Dullien - 15 January 9:18

The dire state of the domestic labour market will pave the way for a new round of China-bashing in t

Spiritual awakening
By William Dalrymple - 17 December 7:06

Globalisation has been good for gods in the Indian subcontinent. As the region has remade itself, it

Obama is wrong: this is his Vietnam
By Mehdi Hasan - 17 December 7:06

Afghanistan could hijack Obama's presidency, just as Vietnam hijacked and destroyed LBJ's

Gobbled up by Gobi
By Holly Williams - 10 December 5:47

After ten years in Beijing, I thought I knew about sandstorms. Every spring the dust blows off the Mongolian steppe and veils the Chinese capital in a murky shroud.

What if .... Britain had gone into Vietnam
By Dominic Sandbrook - 10 December 5:47

"It's an honour to be working with Ken on a project like this," says the footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones.

Leader: Our craven calculations in Iraq must not infect Afghanistan
By Staff blogger - 10 December 5:47

The Iraq war was a ruinous mistake. The lessons from it have not yet been learned.

Obama's barmy army
By Mehdi Hasan - 03 December 5:20

On 30 August, the top US military commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, submitted a 66-page assessment of the war to the White House.

Good idea: Do the business a loan
By Alyssa McDonald - 03 December 5:20

Give a man a fish, so the saying goes, and you feed him for a day. Lend him a fishing rod and the profits of his microenterprise will go up by 9 per cent.