(continued from previous post) For the whole second half of the twentieth century, American foreign policy oscillated between the two extremes represented by the first two concepts of global democracy above. Either America was free to act as it wished or it had a ponderous oblig…
Every administration has a foreign policy doctrine, even if often it is crafted by events rather than strategy or policy. The Biden administration is n…
I am in Budapest to participate in the hugely interesting Brain Bar festival where I had the chance to join Balázs Orbán on stage to discuss a number o…
As I noted in the New Statesman diary screenshot above, Kabul was in the last days of the old regime rife with conspiracy theories. The environment was…
Two weeks of the Kabul evacuation and I continue to try to make sense of what happened. How can so much have gone so horribly wrong? I was in Kabul jus…
The events of the last week are puzzling and surprising because they showed the same chaos and lack of planning we recognise from the way the United St…
One thing that immediately strikes you in Kabul: where are the Americans? I saw a convoy of Turkish armoured vehicles flying the Turkish flag. The very…
Tepe Maranjan is a Buddhist complex rising on a hill of the same name within the current limits of Kabul. One of the two niches on the western wall of …
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