Stories from Opinion

  • 1 year ago

    Putin’s nuclear-tipped hybrid war on the West ― Peter Apps

    MARCH 4 ― This month marks the fourth anniversary of Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea, an event that shocked the world and shook European faith in the post-Cold War...

  • 1 year ago

    In illiberal societies, a wider #MeToo movement ― John Lloyd

    FEBRUARY 13 ― In China, women calling themselves the “silence breakers” have demanded investigations into allegations of sexual harassment. In doing so, they pit themselves...

  • 1 year ago

    Why the US should support Iran protesters ― Roya Hakakian

    JANUARY 17 ― In recent weeks, Iran has again been in the throes of an uprising. Signs of the regime change America had long hoped to see are on the horizon. In the unlikeliest...

  • 1 year ago

    From Guernica’s ruins, a lesson in fake news — John Lloyd

    DECEMBER 11 — A little over 80 years ago, on April 26, 1937, German and Italian warplanes bombed the Basque town of Guernica, razing much of it. Italian planes targeted a...

  • 1 year ago

    Why Iraq should limit Islamic State trials — Sarah Leah Whitson

    DECEMBER 6 — At the height of its power in Iraq, Islamic State controlled 40 per cent of the country’s territory and the daily lives of millions of Iraqis. Tens of thousands...

  • 1 year ago

    The truth behind the US show of force in Asia — Peter Apps

    NOVEMBER 14 — As President Donald Trump tours Asia, three US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier battle groups are exercising together in the Pacific. It’s an awesome display of...

  • 1 year ago

    How Trump can prevent a nuclear Iran — Eric Edelman and Charles Ward

    NOVEMBER 1 — Donald Trump has announced two important and long overdue changes to Iran policy. First, he committed to addressing the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal,...

  • 1 year ago

    The unlikely — and ironic — effects of Islamic State’s fall in Iraq — Maysam Behravesh

    OCTOBER 27 — Islamic State (IS) has been routed in Iraq. On October 5, the militant group lost the northern town of Hawija — its last urban stronghold after Iraqi forces...

  • 1 year ago

    What you need to know about the post-IS battle for the Middle East — Peter Van Buren

    OCTOBER 25 — With Islamic State in fatal decline and the edges of Kurdistan afire, the Middle East is entering a new era, dominated by the Saudi-Iranian power struggle. The...

  • 1 year ago

    How money will divide Europe after Brexit — Paul Wallace

    OCTOBER 18 — Right now the European Union is united on one thing above all: To get Britain to pay as big a divorce bill as possible when it exits the EU. But while money will...

  • 1 year ago

    A former Iranian diplomat on what Trump needs to know about Iran ― Seyed Hossein Mousavian

    OCTOBER 10 ― With the fate of the Iran nuclear deal at stake, Donald Trump has until October 15 to tell Congress if he believes Tehran is complying with the seven-nation...

  • 1 year ago

    The ‘somewheres’ and the ‘nowheres’ in Britain’s Brexit mayhem — John Lloyd

    SEPTEMBER 23 — British politics are a terrible mess. But don’t blame populism, however that’s defined. If anything, blame democracy — however that’s organised. Last...

  • 1 year ago

    Euro/sterling parity? Not if the ECB and BoE can help it — Jamie McGeever

    LONDON, Sept 3 — As parity between the euro and sterling inches closer, the European Central Bank and Bank of England face a date with destiny that neither of them wants. This...

  • 1 year ago

    Putin's weird war gets ever riskier ― Peter Apps

    AUGUST 30 ― September will be a nervous month in Eastern Europe. On September 14, Russia will unleash what may be its largest military exercise since the Cold War. In Poland,...

  • 2 years ago

    Here’s what to do with reviled statues — John Lloyd

    AUGUST 20 — Statues live. The Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville certainly does. The majority of Americans, including his fellow Republicans, disapprove of Donald Trump’s...

  • 2 years ago

    Aung San Suu Kyi’s free press dilemma ― Alex Lazar

    AUGUST 17 ― Aung San Suu Kyi is treating the press in Myanmar poorly, and that may impede her efforts to democratize the conflict-wrought country. But is Suu Kyi’s apparent...

  • 2 years ago

    From Putin to Zuma to Trump, voters put personality over policy — John Lloyd

    AUGUST 13 — Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa, survived a no-confidence motion in the country’s parliament earlier this week. It was the eighth since he took office eight...

  • 2 years ago

    Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ over North Korea hurts his Asia allies — Andrew Hammond

    AUGUST 12— Rex Tillerson has had to make several tricky diplomatic tours since becoming US secretary of state. He wrapped up his latest, this time to South-east Asia, on...

  • 2 years ago

    Trump’s risky gamble on Iran ― Amir Handjani

    AUGUST 2 ― Tensions between Iran and the United States are escalating rapidly. Over the weekend, Iranian and US navy warships engaged in yet another round of shadow boxing in...