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    1. August 29, 2014

      Choose enemies carefully but be less picky about allies

      Perhaps the most duplicated photograph in diplomatic history shows Chairman Mao Zedong smiling benignly at Henry Kissinger,...

    2. July 25, 2014

      Architect Louis Kahn, Design Museum, London

      ‘Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture’ at London’s Design Museum Louis Kahn is known for his aphorism about “asking a brick...

    1. June 25, 2014

      Republicans fight a civil war over export credit

      What is ExIm and what is all the fuss about? The Export-Import Bank of the United States. It was created by Franklin D....

    2. May 20, 2014

      India’s election remakes our world

      Surjit Bhalla, an Indian economist, has written to me that India’s is “the most momentous election in world history”. I...

    3. March 23, 2014

      Time for frank US talk with Saudis

      When President Barack Obama meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia this week, there are likely to be sharp exchanges behind the...

    4. October 1, 2013

      Osborne follows in the footsteps of FDR

      George Osborne was applauded loudly as he told an audience this week: “I am a believer in freedom and free markets.” Yet...

    5. September 6, 2013

      White House jeweller: Obamas find the perfect present

      For centuries, the etiquette of gift giving has proved to be a diplomatic minefield for countless legions of foreign...

    6. August 11, 2013

      The US president is weaker than you think

      Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era, by Joseph Nye, Princeton RRP£19.95/RRP$27.95 Having failed to...

    7. July 26, 2013

      Diplomatic manoeuvres in the dark

      Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World,...

    8. June 24, 2013

      Good leaders don’t always need a vision

      Are leaders with transformational objectives and an inspirational style better than leaders with more modest objectives and...

    9. May 10, 2013

      Roosevelt revisited

      Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time, by Ira Katznelson, WW Norton, RRP£22/$29.95, 720 pages The idea that...

    10. May 1, 2013

      Global Insight: Barack Obama faces going on the road to get round Congress

      Perhaps because his style is so hard to pigeonhole and his biography so unique, Barack Obama has been lumbered with...

    11. April 19, 2013

      The precious letters of DNA

      Imagine for a moment that you have just stumbled on the secret of life, aka the structure of DNA. Thrilled, you pen a letter...

    12. April 11, 2013

      Tennessee Valley Authority: selling ideas

      Next he will sell the Lincoln Memorial (and if quantitative easing continues, investors will line up to buy). Barack Obama’s...

    13. April 5, 2013

      Stockman feels force of Washington fury

      It takes a lot for an official who served at the heart of the White House to go beyond the pale in Washington, but a...

    14. April 5, 2013

      Equities look risky – but how safe is cash?

      This week marked the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 6102. It sounds like it might be the title of a Hollywood...

    15. March 25, 2013

      Fannie and Freddie no model for UK housing

      Much is often made of how shrewd the US has been in bringing its financial system through the crisis relatively smoothly,...

    16. March 21, 2013

      Treasury dismisses Fannie Mae comparisons

      George Osborne has played down the idea that he is building a British version of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both of which...

    17. February 25, 2013

      Virginia’s old guard keeps on the road

      If you think government in Washington is a bad joke, as the sequestration fiasco reveals in all its pointless details, then...

    18. February 8, 2013

      Indispensable nation

      The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White and the Making of a New World Order, by Benn Steil,...

    19. January 31, 2013

      Cinema review: Bullhead, Flight, Hyde Park on the Hudson and more

      Modern tragedy began when tragic protagonists were allowed to be inarticulate. Grief, anguish and downfall are not the...

    20. January 7, 2013

      The myth of the imperial presidency

      If you needed confirmation that American liberals and conservatives inhabit parallel universes, just consider the reaction...

    21. November 27, 2012

      Goldman’s well-worn path to public office

      When George Osborne named Mark Carney as the next head of the Bank of England on Monday, he added another entry to the long...

    22. November 23, 2012

      Shared memorial

      It is not unusual that the subject of a memorial should be long dead. Last year the Martin Luther King memorial was unveiled...

    23. November 7, 2012

      Obama 2.0 offers reboot of ‘hope’

      There may have been only 10,000 people to hear Barack Obama’s victory speech in Chicago this time – against 240,000 in Grant...

    24. November 6, 2012

      Now comes America’s real test

      There have been lower and meaner presidential election campaigns: Richard Nixon’s “amnesty, abortion and acid” jibe against...

    25. October 12, 2012

      When political madness works

      As the political fight heats up in America, there has been endless debate about the character of President Barack Obama and...

    26. September 23, 2012

      Only Tolstoy’s warriors can cut UK debt

      “What new ideas did we bring to Washington?” the former US president Bill Clinton asked in his brilliant speech this month...

    27. September 19, 2012

      Sometimes the poll numbers really do count

      Andy Murray might have been making a political point in winning the US Open tennis. The last time a Brit managed that was...

    28. September 13, 2012

      Chicago symbolises US education woes

      When your neighbour’s house is on fire, you don’t stop to haggle over the price of the garden hose. That is what Franklin...

    29. September 13, 2012

      Romney condemns military cutbacks

      Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of diminishing the military to the point where the US is only capable of fighting one...

    30. September 5, 2012

      Obama faces up to doomsayers

      By any conventional measure – the jobless rate, his approval rating and the perceived direction of the country – Barack...

    31. September 3, 2012

      Obama campaign far from 2008

      When Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president in Denver in 2008, he did so on a stage set with Greek...

    32. July 4, 2012

      Obama seeks positives from payroll precedent

      In the 10 months leading up to George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, the US economy posted relatively strong average monthly...

    33. May 28, 2012

      A new New Deal to cut youth unemployment

      The crisis in the eurozone is once again rightly fuelling concern over youth unemployment. The numbers are shocking, but no...

    34. March 20, 2012

      We do not sugar-coat or hide America’s most famous follies

      From Mr David Kaufman. Sir, I am not sure if I should be impressed or outraged that Mark Gomar’s comment about western...

    35. January 21, 2012

      Don’t count Mitt’s wealth against him

      From Mr Les Gapay. Sir, Regarding the articles about Mitt Romney’s wealth: I am a Democrat and am poor, living on Social...

    36. December 16, 2011

      Ideologies clash over how to create US jobs

      For a White House that conventional political wisdom dictates will live or die on its ability to bring down unemployment,...

    37. December 15, 2011

      Bright lights, big political problems

      Thanks to political developments this week, people here in the New York area can finally support one of our own in the 2012...

    38. December 1, 2011

      Booing Putin

      Something striking is happening in Russia. The booing of prime minister Vladimir Putin at a martial arts contest last month...

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