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May’s Day

Published 31.08.2016
LONDON – Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, has a monumental task ahead of her: fulfilling British – or, more accurately, English and Welsh – voters’ demand to “Brexit” the European Union, and managing the far-reaching consequences of...

A Very Tolerant Christmas

Published 22.12.2015
"The best present we could give to the world this Christmas (regardless of whether we celebrate it religiously or not), would be to dedicate ourselves to championing tolerance everywhere. This will require us to address the inverted narratives...

The Right Fight Against Terrorism

Published 20.11.2015
LONDON – I traveled to Paris from London last Monday. It takes two and a half hours by train. We are neighbors, our histories and populations intertwined. My ten-year-old grand-daughter will go there next week with her parents as a birthday...

Britain’s Populist Fantasies

Published 14.09.2015
LONDON – The election of Jeremy Corbyn as the new leader of the British Labour Party is a reminder that life is rich with paradox. Globalization – the web of travel, technology, trade, and information that binds the world ever more closely...

A Belated Victory for Non-Proliferation

Published 16.07.2015
LONDON – Let us give praise where it is richly deserved. Despite all the criticism they faced, US President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, John Kerry, stuck doggedly to the task of negotiating a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear...

Lies, Damn Lies, and the British Election

Published 01.05.2015
LONDON – Democratic elections cannot be described as competitions aimed at revealing which candidates tell the unvarnished truth. Most politicians try to avoid telling outright lies; they bob and weave like prizefighters when faced with...

Britain by Itself

Published 29.03.2015
LONDON – The United Kingdom’s general election is a little more than a month away, but already the campaign seems to have been with us forever, rolling implacably forward, but with little evidence of any genuine excitement – or even significant...

The Rule of the Lawless

Published 23.02.2015
CAIRO – In one of his last essays, the late, great historian Tony Judt asked what we should have learned from the last century, a period in which so many soldiers and civilians died in conflict. One important part of the answer, I think, is the...

Standing Up to Illiberalism

Published 15.12.2014
LONDON – It is a rare political speech that stops me in my tracks. But that is exactly what happened this summer when I read a remarkable address by Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s increasingly authoritarian prime minister. Orbán rarely commands...

The Human Thatcher

Published 11.04.2013
LONDON – It is difficult to separate some of my personal memories of Margaret Thatcher – mundane but revealing – from the sweeping judgments of history. I had worked for her as the Conservative Party’s research director, and as a minister for...

Drifting Towards the Rapids

Published 30.11.2010
LONDON - We are told that we live in anxious times, with lots to worry about and no more comforting certainty. But just how comfortable were all those past certainties, anyway? I grew up in a world in which peace and stability were assured by...

Who Will Rescue the Rest of Us?

Published 29.10.2010
SYDNEY - The rescue of the 33 Chilean miners, from what was feared would be their tomb, gave the world something to cheer about. Hope has not, after all, become a redundant virtue in the twenty-first century. But, looking around us today, there...

The Obama Effect

Published 26.06.2009
LONDON - In the last two months, I have been in eight American cities - Boston, New York, Washington, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Phew! I am left with several sentiments. First, if you have to travel from city to...

The Cost of Dick Cheney

Published 27.04.2009
LONDON - George W. Bush has started work on his memoirs. Count to ten before you respond. The autobiographies of political leaders are not a very elevated literary form. First, few leaders write well, though there are exceptions, like Nehru,...

The Panthers of Identity Politics

Published 20.03.2009
LONDON - I was in Jordan, that beautiful oasis of calm and moderation in a difficult and dangerous neighborhood, when I first heard the news about the murder of two British soldiers and a Catholic policeman by dissident republican terrorists in...