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Lawrence Freedman is emeritus professor of war studies at King’s College London
Publicly available minutes and analyses tell a story of caution in the face of inadequate evidence – and trepidation about what comes next.
Sage minutes show that scientific caution, rather than a strategy of “herd immunity”, drove the UK’s slow response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Demands for a predictable future will lead to even more frustration – the only honest course is to acknowledge the degree of uncertainty.
We are using the language of conflict to talk about the current pandemic. There are many parallels, but the comparison is not exact.
The international body blithely accepted Beijing’s assurances that there was little to worry about.
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.