Nov 6, 2014

Merkel's counter-strike to bind Britain to EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's strategy now for keeping Britain in the EU is to force British Prime Minister David Cameron into an openly anti-EU stance, split the right-wing vote in Britain then open the way for Labour to win the election

Containing exponential Ebola

Oct 10, 2014

Containing exponential Ebola

Even without a vaccine, the governments of developed countries are confident that their health services can find and isolate any infected people quickly and prevent Ebola from becoming an epidemic in their countries. They are probably right, but they might be wrong.

An imperfect Afghanistan

Sep 30, 2014

An imperfect Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a strikingly imperfect society in almost every respect: politics, economy, security and human rights. Nor does the two-headed potential monster of a government now being created in Kabul make it an entirely lost cause.

Aug 5, 2014

The legacy of World War I

The "storm of steel" of World War I, which for Britain began 100 years ago this week, began the process of people questioning how useful the whole institution of war was.

Aug 1, 2014

Christian Arabs forced to flee

There were still about 60,000 Christians in Mosul when the U.S. and its sidekicks invaded Iraq 11 years ago. Only two months after the arrival of ISIS extremists, there are none. How did these and other Christian Arabs lose their place in the Arab ...

Jul 21, 2014

Clues to the evolution of warfare

As no great power has fought any other for the past 69 years, is it possible that humans are in the midst of a "peaceful" transformation as a result of war becoming too dangerous and expensive to risk waging?

Jul 4, 2014

The return of the caliphate

Propagandists for the Sunni "Islamic State" (aka ISIL) have produced a map in which this group of jihadis lay claim to Spain and Portugal — because they were once ruled by Muslim conquerors — Iran, most of India, the Balkans and half of Africa. ...