The most encouraging thing about the latest handshake between the leaders of Israel and Palestine is that it took place on the shores of the Red Sea and not on the White House lawn. There was not an American "mediator" in sight.
Iran - Washington is confused about Iran, with many analysts doubting military action is do-able. Th
How a former UK minister tried but failed to help his multinational bosses
The task facing pro-Europeans is bleaker than at any other time in Tony Blair's two terms. So risky
During the cold war, the developed nations lent willingly to Africa. No worries then about how corrupt dictators might misuse the money or line their own pockets: the US gave millions to the notorious Mobutu regime in Zaire.
EU laws affect us all, but it's the corporate lobbyists who have the biggest influence on them. Thei
Iraq elections - The principles of the Bush administration are elastic. The future of Iran and Iraq
As the government gently distances us from Washington, Jack Straw's low-key diplomacy in Iran has be
The first democratic elections in Iraq's history ought to be an occasion for celebration, arousing the same emotions as the first such in South Africa.
It is supposed to be the Iraqis' chance to decide their destiny, but what if a new Shia-led governme
Iraq elections - Two-thirds of Arabs are under 25, and they are better educated than ever. History s
Observations on a visitor from Romania
Just as Bush and his team marshalled facts and factoids of doubtful provenance to justify invading I
With an eye to its vast Asian market, Europe promotes human rights when the price is right.
Observations on Iraq (2)
The world, it was said, had changed for ever after 11 September 2001. Since 1945, international conflicts had had only a limited effect on western homelands, particularly the American homeland.
What's in a word? In politics, everything, argues Richard Reeves. Get the language right and you can
The new Palestinian leader doesn't matter to Israel. The real negotiation is with America
Inauguration - Four more years of unfettered Bush may sound like a disaster for America and the worl
Inauguration - He's no pin-up and he is hardly the perfect family man, but George W has a certain so
Inauguration - John Gray justifies Fallujah and Guantanamo and looks forward to further developments
Inauguration - Research
With US soldiers dying in Iraq, he could have kept it low-key. Instead, he wants $40m worth of balls