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  1. September 5, 2014

    Lionel Barber reviews Henry Kissinger’s ‘World Order’

    World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History, by Henry Kissinger, Allen Lane, RRP£25/ The...

  2. FT Alphaville

    September 4, 2014

    Disrupting the nation state

    Float the idea that borders could soon be a thing of the past and that markets under price this risk, and you may find...

  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. April 20, 2014

    ‘Zbig’, by Andrzej Lubowski; ‘The Strategy And Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski’, by Charles Gati

    Zbig: The Man who Cracked the Kremlin, Andrzej Lubowski, Open Road, RRP£11.99 The Strategy And Statecraft of Zbigniew...

  3. The A-List

    March 21, 2014

    Look to China for wisdom on dealing with Russia

    Niall Ferguson is half-right. There has been a geopolitical taper but not of the kind he meant. Instead, there has been a...

  4. The World

    January 8, 2014

    Smart Reads January 8, 2014

    ♦ Borzou Daragahi on how the excesses of the extremist group Isis – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – have sparked...

  5. September 25, 2013

    The Conquest of Happiness, Ebrington Square, Derry/Londonderry – review

    The opening scene of this promenade piece may be set in the Israeli-occupied territories, but the sight of a...

  6. September 20, 2013

    The Diary: Walter Isaacson

    It has been two years since I’ve watched an Apple product launch. I stopped when my biography of Steve Jobs was published,...

  7. 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...

  8. August 8, 2013

    Out of sight, out of mind – a rotten way to quit a war

    Whatever happened to the war? You know the one. The west has been fighting it for a decade. The costs run to a trillion...

  9. The World

    July 31, 2013

    In the Picture: Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    Dreamstime Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met for two days of talks in Washington this week to discuss restarting the...

  10. July 19, 2013

    Jazz-loving lawyer trusted by Nixon

    All US presidents need people they can trust around them, but few more so than Richard Nixon, and for a variety of reasons....

  11. June 21, 2013

    Obama v Kerry: the new dividing line in US foreign policy

    When Barack Obama asked John Kerry to be his secretary of state, the president appeared to have chosen someone whose...

  12. June 13, 2013

    Politicians should stop their talk of competitiveness

    What is in a name? Sometimes a lot. When an extra financial burden is imposed on business, cries go out that it will make...

  13. April 26, 2013

    Giorgio Napolitano: Italy’s reluctant president

    Countless crates of books had already been transported across Rome to the apartment waiting for them. The office was cleared...

  14. The World

    March 20, 2013

    A short history of US presidential visits to Israel

    Barack Obama is only the fifth serving US president to visit Israel since the state was founded in 1948. As Marvin Kalb...

  15. February 20, 2013

    An epic told by the man at its centre

    In 1984, while flying at 43,000ft, both engines on American International Group’s corporate jet failed. The pilot “calmly...

  16. February 1, 2013

    Clinton leaves without big breakthroughs

    Four years is an eternity in politics, especially for a 65-year-old who has just had a serious health scare, yet Hillary...

  17. January 28, 2013

    Beijing still prefers diplomacy over force

    Should we connect the dots between China’s neighbours’ increasing assertiveness over claims to disputed islands in the South...

  18. The World

    January 25, 2013

    Davos Day Three - press round-up

    Two days is apparently not enough for all the talking that needs to be done, so here we are entering Davos Day Three. But as...

  19. December 7, 2012

    Recipe: venison chilli

    I liked the story of Henry Kissinger going to meet and brief the then US vice-president, Lyndon Johnson, at his home in...

  20. September 13, 2012

    Presidential suite

    Auctions of classic furniture and art held in the shadow of a turreted, picture-postcard French château owned by a former...

  21. September 12, 2012

    The IEA – deterrent or political weapon?

    Can the US and Europe release their strategic petroleum reserves for purely political reasons? Comment by email Sign up here...

  22. August 3, 2012

    Fixer who linked sectors by putting stars in ads

    In show business and in advertising, Alan Cluer was known as the celebrity Mr Fix-It. It was to him the west’s leading ad...

  23. The World

    June 7, 2012

    Thinking again about Syrian intervention

    News of another dreadful massacre in Syria – and Kofi Annan’s grim report to the UN today – will inevitably prompt fresh...

  24. April 30, 2012

    Fate of Chen at core of US-China relations

    After Twitter protests and Facebook revolutions, here comes a YouTube diplomatic crisis about human rights. Chen Guangcheng,...

  25. January 27, 2012

    Deng’s reforms were not so unabashed

    From Mr Armen Martirosyan. Sir, I’m probably one of few who would dispute the claim, made by Minxin Pei in “Remembering Deng...

  26. December 16, 2011

    Essayist willing to go outside ideological comfort zone

    Christopher Hitchens defined areas of debate and conflict – on the intervention in Iraq, on religion, on the nature of US...

  27. FT Alphaville

    December 5, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Monday’s FT, Edward Luce: Now on Broadway! Waiting for Euro It used to be that...

  28. December 4, 2011

    Now on Broadway! Waiting for Euro

    It used to be that when American policymakers looked across the Atlantic they would quote Henry Kissinger: “Who do I call if...

  29. The World

    December 2, 2011

    Europe's deal - and why it may not be enough

    Stock markets are soaring, apparently in anticipation that Europe may finally strike a deal that “saves the euro”. But here...

  30. November 18, 2011

    The steely headmistress with Europe in her thrall

    More than 30 years ago Henry Kissinger, then US Secretary of State, allegedly complained that he could not believe in Europe...

  31. October 28, 2011

    Why politicians deserve a break

    A handy way of spotting stupid people is that they say things like, “Politicians! They’re all as bad as each other.” I’ve...

  32. October 16, 2011

    Irrational regard for economic models

    Tom Lehrer famously described Henry Kissinger’s winning of the Nobel peace prize as the moment when satire died. In...

  33. October 14, 2011

    No judge, no jury, no executioner

    Television is our greatest point of access to the powerful and famous, but on whose terms? Those lucky enough to have seen...

  34. October 4, 2011

    What Europe can learn from Kissinger-style ambiguity

    Ambiguity is essential to diplomacy. Henry Kissinger and the Chinese leaders, both masters of the craft, famously agreed...

  35. September 27, 2011

    Message to Perry: stop banging on about Israel

    It is the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, so in the interest of a happy one amid the gathering global gloom can I...

  36. July 15, 2011

    On hunting in the olden days when Murdoch had an empire

    A fortnight ago, back in the days when Rupert Murdoch still had an empire, I found myself in Ireland (Trim, Co Meath, to be...

  37. The A-List

    July 12, 2011

    China is looking to its dynastic past to shape its future

    The Chinese Communist party celebrated its 90th birthday on July 1. In the days before this event, the airwaves were full of...

  38. July 8, 2011

    Manners maketh man – but mobiles maketh morons

    Sir David Tang, founder of ICorrect, globetrotter and the man about too many towns to mention, divides his time between...

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