If you’re playing a loser’s game, strategy is unnecessary. You avoid errors, but in dangerous times risk being buffeted by events.
Western powers have been chastened by their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as by the financial crisis and the recession that followed it.
From Riyadh via London to Damascus, Baghdad and Isis – the jihadist surge.
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 recent dissolution of the government reflects the increasing pressure on Hollande to turn around a dire economic outlook.
Yehuda Shaul writes of how he and his friends learned to glorify power, and lost their ability to see Palestinians as people whose lives are no less valuable. Now, he and hundreds of others are working to end the occupation.
Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column.
The authors argue that the west has no choice but to unfurl the banner of revolution again. The fiscal crisis and demographic changes have left treasuries creaking under the weight of debt.
When was the most stable time in recent Iraqi history? Most likely it was during the British-sponsored Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1921 to 1958.
Attempts to understand the success of Isis in Iraq would benefit from Marxist analysis, since social and economic factors are the key to explaining Sunni Arab support for, and complicity with, the group.
The UK government has been right to contribute humanitarian aid and to refuse to rule out military involvement if the situation deteriorates.
Over the past few decades, US police departments have invested heavily in military-style equipment and training. The turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri shows the results.
A core American cultural value that gives priority to property rights over human rights informs the indifference towards the lives of especially young black men and women.
The grossly asymmetrical casualties inflicted on the Palestinians have obscured another important question: how far have they even been worth it from Israel’s point of view? By Donald Macintrye.
One of the questions facing David Cameron as he returns from his holiday.
We must not find ourselves wondering how this humanitarian crisis spiralled further and further out of control.
The destruction of this caliphate must come from a Muslim-led force.
Mark Simmonds leaves the Government.
What will ultimately stop the deaths of innocent Palestinians and Israelis is a peace deal putting an end to the conflict. But in the meantime, a modification of the Israeli rules of engagement could reduce the number of innocent casualties.
A 1955 archive profile of the founder and first prime minister of Israel, shortly after his return to power.
The inconvenient truth is that the collective punishment of the Palestinian people in Gaza is a collective endeavour in its own right – led by Israel, enforced by Egypt, endorsed by Saudi Arabia.
Israel will know true quiet only by withdrawing from the occupied territories and negotiating a settlement with the Palestinian leadership, which may well include Hamas.
It is not yet too late. It is five minutes to midnight, but it is not too late.
The Good Country Index scores nations on their beneficent contributions to the world. Its creator hopes it will encourage governments to think globally rather than nationally.
The Gaza conflict has raised the important question of empathy. Would that both sides were capable of greater empathy and, indeed, imagination.
The cost of recent economic sanctions will be felt in the west, but it’s a cost we can – and should – withstand.
From Nigel Farage to Russell Brand, Marine Le Pen to Beppe Grillo, a new breed of charismatic figures speak to the desire of electorates for leaders who understand their concerns and satiate their anxieties.
Chinese pressure on the city's government is pushing the situation into dangerous territory.
The downing of Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, was the deadliest aviation incident since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
President Goodluck Jonathan has no strategy for dealing with Boko Haram – he just hopes the world will forget the 276 youngsters kidnapped by them in April.