Opinion | Columnists

  • story 1
    Thursday Oct 30

    Northeast Asia’s home fires burning

    With Abe, Park and Xi facing daunting domestic challenges, a rare convergence of self and national interests may create an opportunity for improved relations

  • story 2
    Thursday Oct 30

    Putin can’t head any anti-US world order

    While stating that Russia doesn’t want to be a superpower, the president has tried to claim moral leadership. The only problem is that he is too bankrupt on that score to offer any meaningful alternative

  • story 3
    Thursday Oct 30

    Afghanistan: British Army’s last hurrah?

    As combat operations in Helmand province are brought quietly to a close, one can’t seem to escape that undeniable feeling that the mission marks the end of military interventions for the former empire

  • story 4
    Thursday Oct 30

    A new era of politics dawns in Tunisia

    It is expected that Al Sebsi and his Nida Tunis party will soon set about forming a stable coalition government

  • story 5
    Thursday Oct 30

    Indonesia’s Jokowi can outdo Obama

    He is the first directly elected president to take the keys of power from a democratically chosen predecessor since the fall of dictator Suharto

  • story 6
    Thursday Oct 30

    Al Abadi has a tough task of saving Iraq

    Premier’s efforts to override sectarian governance are sure to face fierce resistance from extremists on both sides

  • story 7
    Thursday Oct 30

    The ultimate fate of Iran nuclear talks

    Once a deal is reached, the US and Iran still must sell the agreement to their respective centres of power as a victory. Washington must convince Congress that the deal will not allow the Islamic Republic to be a threshold nuclear state while Iran’s conservatives must be satisfied that their nation has not made concessions on the nuclear issue

  • story 8
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Tunisians voted for reforms, not revolution

    While a lot still needs to be done, the world ought to applaud Tunisians for articulating a clear alternative and openly rejecting bloodshed

  • story 9
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Confessions of a white Oxbridge male

    Given the podium, many from the breed feel a responsibility to lament their own power, but it is hard to feel this viscerally

  • story 10
    Wednesday Oct 29

    How Germany conquered Europe over the past 25 years

    Thatcher and Mitterrand did not envision such a fractious and crisis-prone continent and had never imagined Berlin would become its reluctant leader

  • story 11
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Dubai uses its position as a global hub to promote Islamic economy

    Common standards for Islamic finance would greatly increase cross-border liquidity and boost stability

  • story 12
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Tunisia establishing first true Arab democracy

    Nation votes in historic democratic elections to set up parliament whose main task is to write a new constitution within one year

  • story 13
    Wednesday Oct 29

    America’s epidemic of fear over Ebola

    In the United States, the only patient to die so far didn’t receive treatment initially when he reported symptoms of the disease

  • story 14
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Daesh narrative one of feeding the beast

    It appears to be an old story of double-cross and inventing monsters that follows the golden rule in conflicts which states that if you want to eliminate an enemy, create another one more extreme than him

  • story 15
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Netanyahu humiliates Obama yet again

    Hardline Israeli premier can ‘never, ever, countenance a full sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank’

  • story 16
    Wednesday Oct 29

    There is hope yet for Hong Kong

    City still doesn’t have a directly elected legislature 17 years after the handover. This can all change if its government embraces dialogue and compromise

  • story 17
    Tuesday Oct 28

    Dangers of redrawing borders

    If Europe allows countries to start claiming bits of their neighbours’ territory — on historic or ethnic grounds — the process can convulse the continent

  • story 18
    Tuesday Oct 28

    Cameron is right to stand up to Brussels

    The British PM has rarely seemed in control of his Europe policy, his government living hand to mouth. But he is genuinely livid about a 2.1b euro surcharge

  • story 19
    Tuesday Oct 28

    China is again slowly turning in on itself

    Chinese leaders are falling back on what they know. And what they know are tactics drawn from the 1950s and 1960s — a return of purges, closed doors to outside influences, isolationism and televised self-confessions

  • story 20
    Tuesday Oct 28

    The post-Obama era has already begun

    The dysfunction in US politics is so endemic that unless one party can take control of both houses and the White House, nothing will change

  • story 21
    Tuesday Oct 28

    Let fearmongers not dictate the Ebola discourse

    Many don’t want to hear that the US health system is doing fine because it clashes with their belief 
that the government can never do anything right

  • story 22
    Tuesday Oct 28

    Crucial to maintain stability in Libya

    The ultimate goal is to prevent Libya from turning into a large camp for terrorists with access to oil reserves and close proximity to regional powers like Egypt and Algeria that they can destabilise easily

  • story 23
    Tuesday Oct 28

    The years of living tactically

    In managing the transition towards multipolarity, the West’s greatest challenge lies in Asia

  • story 24
    Monday Oct 27

    Russia’s new mission for General Winter

    Eastern Ukraine is in Putin’s grasp — all he needs now is a spell of freezing weather

  • story 25
    Monday Oct 27

    Germany must show it is still a force for freedom

    Perhaps Washington can learn about Berlin’s longer-term perspective and plans and perhaps Berlin
can determine whether US policies seem coherent and aligned with its resources, values and will