How “winnable” is Afghanistan?
By Staff blogger - 20 August 8:40

The government has failed to define "victory". Ministers should set a date for withdrawal of British

We go long, we go deep, we go home!
By Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre - 14 August 17:28

An full transcript of the New Statesman interview with Brigadier Ed Butler, 5 August 2009, Hammersmi

The NS interview: Ed Butler

The retired brigadier, original mastermind of Britain's strategy for fighting the Taliban, now belie

‘‘I became hooked’’
By Andrea Busfield - 13 August 8:24

After four years reporting the war, Andrea Busfield decided to move to Kabul. In this magical, moder

The opium war rages on
By Mike Trace - 13 August 8:24

Mike Trace highlights a dangerous drug problem

How not to end a war
By Victor Sebestyen - 13 August 8:24

Mikhail Gorbachev called Afghanistan “our bleeding wound”. Why hasn’t Nato learned from the Soviet U

The fog of war
By Stephen Grey - 13 August 8:24

In 2001, British troops marched into Afghanistan on a mission to combat al-Qaeda and topple the Tali

How I will rebuild my nation
By Ashraf Ghani - 13 August 8:24

Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, yet its potential for growth is staggering. It possesses the resources for robust and sustained development for decades to come.

The great betrayal
By Nesrine Malik - 13 August 8:24

We were led to believe the war would liberate women, but new laws passed under President Karzai are

Our military presence in Afghanistan is part of the problem, not the solution
By Staff blogger - 13 August 8:24

Britain should follow Canada's lead and set a date for withdrawal from Afghanistan. It is time we ac

Who will decide Afghanistan’s future?
By Samira Shackle - 13 August 8:24

Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan

“No one is safe there now”
By Henry Sands - 13 August 8:24

Henry Sands talks to a Welsh Guards captain following a bloody tour of duty in Helmand

The west muscles in
By Sholto Byrnes - 13 August 8:24

The coverage of the US journalists released from North Korea ignored the fact they knowingly broke t

"Some in the UK believe the fight is not worth it"
By Bob Ainsworth - 13 August 8:24

The Defence Secretary says that opposing war in Afghanistan is "defeatism"

Obama’s empire
By Catherine Lutz - 30 July 9:03

The 44th president of the United States was elected amid hopes that he would roll back his country’s

By Staff blogger - 23 July 13:00

The water babies

Lives on the line
By Richard Dowden - 23 July 13:00

Will the world recession return African economies to their knees? Not if China has anything to do wi

Make no mistake, this imperial war in Afghanistan cannot be won
By Staff blogger - 16 July 11:37

We warned in 2001 that this conflict could put Britain and the US on the wrong side of the moral arg

Band of brothers
By Rachel Shabi - 16 July 11:37

Observations on musical Israel

“We Uighur, we are powerless”
By New Statesman - 16 July 11:37

Violence in the Chinese region of Urumqi has left 156 people dead. Now the Chinese government is bla

‘‘Why not me?’’
By Patrick Hennessey - 16 July 11:37

A recent veteran of the Afghan conflict describes the pain of watching comrades fall and insists tha

The game’s as good as lost
By Martin Jacques - 16 July 11:37

Afghanistan has proved the deathbed of every imperial project that has sought to tame it. Sooner or

Into the inferno
By Arundhati Roy - 16 July 11:37

The Indian government has joined forces with corporate giants to create a police state, making peopl

A legacy of repression
By Isabel Hilton - 09 July 11:29

The clashes in Xinjiang are yet another reminder of the fragility of the Chinese state. How much lon

Asia’s petro billionaires
By Sholto Byrnes - 09 July 11:29

Observations on Brunei's monarchy

The empire strikes back
By Peter Wilby - 02 July 12:18

On the eve of an eagerly awaited Ashes series, Peter Wilby reveals how the forces of globalisation a

By Staff blogger - 02 July 12:18

India’s endless summer

Put a little spice in your box
By Ziauddin Sardar - 02 July 12:18

Viagra can now be bought over the counter at Boots. But hold on – look east and you will find far be

We all need to flush
By Rose George - 25 June 11:37

Diarrhoea kills more children than Aids or malaria. But clean water supplies are only part of the so

A new sun rises in the east
By Martin Jacques - 25 June 11:37

China will emerge over the next half-century as the world’s leading power. But how will Chinese hege