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Lawrence Freedman is emeritus professor of war studies at King’s College London
How an attempt to justify mass public gatherings became viewed as a cold-blooded experiment in social engineering.
The US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani has lit a tinderbox in the Middle East. Until wounded pride is replaced by sober strategy in Washington and Tehran, the world is braced for further conflict.
Is peace possible in Europe’s bloodlands?
The Houthis have their own reasons for hurting the Saudis – the war in Yemen is a humanitarian nightmare without end. t
The Islamic Republic's leadership may calculate that Donald Trump's only real objection to the Iran nuclear deal was that his predecessor claimed the credit for it.
South Korea’s president has to negotiate the competing demands of Trump, Kim Jong-un and China.
He has antagonised the EU and insulted Theresa May – while cosying up to Putin and Kim. But the US president’s threats can’t simply be ignored.
Assassination attempts, cyber-attacks, military interventions – Russia is once again playing a deadly game with the West. Yet beneath the bravado is a nation riddled with insecurities.
Evidence of actual craziness might help win a game of chicken, but at the risk of the driver going over the brink.