The ‘war on terror’ is going backwards

Fight against Islamist militias now resembles a more conventional conflict

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The fateful choice that faces France

A risk arises that the terrorist attacks will lead to more bitter polarisation

James Ferguson illustration: unconfident Uncle Sam

West loses intellectual self-confidence

Faith in three props of post-cold war world - markets, democracy and US power - has faltered

Globalisation moves goalposts for Britain

British institutions, right across the social scale have changed, generating ambivalent feelings

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Eurozone’s weakest link is the voters

The rise of anti-system parties threatens a currency that depends on consensus

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Democracy is at issue in Israel’s election

The emerging clash between the Zionist ideal and democratic principles is increasingly evident

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Chess moves to transform world politics

International affairs look badly in need of some brilliant new thinking

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Obama is a lonely immigration liberal

Implicit in his argument is that rich nations have to accept they will continue to be a magnet

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China, Russia and the Sinatra doctrine

Beijing and Moscow are pushing for a reordering of world affairs based on ‘spheres of influence’

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The nuclear gun is back on the table

Both in private and in public, Russia is making explicit references to its nuclear arsenal

Russia is a bigger challenge than Isis

A nuclear-armed Moscow, intent on challenging US, poses risks we are only starting to understand

‘American Power after the Financial Crisis’, by Jonathan Kirshner

The fire of the crisis was extinguished at great cost, but ‘the firetrap remained’

Cracks in the Brics start to show

Shared criticisms of west mask deep divergences in world views

Russia and Europe’s bloody borders

If nations were again allowed to claim bits of their neighbours, it could convulse the continent

Borders and budgets could lay Europe low

Unrest over sovereignty issues risks pushing EU to the point of no return

America, Britain and the perils of empire

Middle East turmoil of 1919 offers important lessons for today

Russia through the nuclear looking glass

In Moscow the biggest danger is said to be that Ukraine decides to give war a chance

The war on Isis defies logic

The west’s air campaign is unlikely to improve the situation in the Middle East

China’s biggest challenge since 1989

Beijing faces a choice in Hong Kong between repression and climbdown

The strange revival of nationalism

Separatist movements have a pull for voters even in a world of bits and bytes

Scotland poll will leave Cameron weaker

Nationalists round the world will seize on the vote against independence

A very bad time to break up Britain

Scottish nationalists could soon find there are worse people in the world than London’s ‘Tory toffs’

Why investors ignore war and terror

Global political change has done more to create opportunities than to destroy them

Division risks sapping the west’s power

America’s allies have come to rely excessively on the US to guarantee their security

Arab turmoil makes Israel reckless

The political shifts that help Israel look much more ominous in the long run

A Clinton in power cannot bring back the good times

Bill Clinton became president at a golden moment for the US

Russia is being led to disaster

Putin is revealed as a reckless gambler leading his country into economic and political isolation

A brief golden moment for Germany

The country has re-emerged as the leading political power in Europe but challenges lie ahead

Brazil’s brilliance is also a curse

Schools and hospitals often seem to have played second fiddle to stadiums

Revisionist powers drive world’s crises

China is likely to emerge the challenger to the US-dominated global system

Britain’s wooing of Germany has flopped

Two old friends are apart over Juncker but are likely to restore their close links soon

Solitude beckons for Cameron’s England

Whatever happens, London’s role as one of the few truly global cities is unlikely to change

War is no solution for the puzzle of Iraq

It is a leap of faith to believe that if the west piles in behind them things will get better

The super-rich turn politics into a lottery

Courting the rich is both necessary and dangerous for politicians

Keep the lid on Pandora’s Asian box

Rather than risk war over shoals and goats, all sides should submit to arbitration

Block Juncker to save European democracy

You end up with a situation in which voters have ‘chosen’ a leader they have never heard of

EU cannot ignore the populist howl

The argument that the protest vote is too weak and incoherent to merit a response is flawed

Europe no longer shapes its neighbours

The heady days of 2011, when idealists welcomed the Arab world’s uprisings, are long gone

A Swift way to curb Putin’s ambitions

The evidence suggests that while the Russian president is bold, he is not mindlessly reckless

Ukraine still deserves our support

The goals of the thousands who protested in Kiev this year remain worthy and attainable

ABOUT GIDEON

Gideon RachmanGideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok.

He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalisation.

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