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. ...

Jun 9, 2014

The irony of Putin's appearance at Normandy

The embarrassing presence of President Vladimir Putin on the Normandy beaches for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings was a useful reminder of the fact that Russia is not some Asiatic tyranny on Europe's eastern borders. It is a European country that has ...

May 9, 2014

Waiting for a coup that'll install 'good people'

All the street demonstrations and legal obstructionism by Thailand's opposition are ultimately intended to create political paralysis that will provide the pretext for a coup. One problem with that is that a whole generation of Thais has now grown up expecting to have a ...