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    1. December 3, 2014

      Obama’s Pentagon favourite will lack the autonomy he needs

      Occasionally top jobs go to the best qualified people. Ashton Carter’s likely nomination to replace Chuck Hagel as President...

    2. November 7, 2014

      The shifts in US national security policy since 9/11

      Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, by Leon Panetta with Jim Newton, Penguin Press, RRP£25/$36, 512...

    1. October 9, 2014

      Obama’s Syria choices go from bad to worse

      Barack Obama is too much the lawyer and too little the leader. Leon Panetta, the former US defence secretary, has a memoir...

    2. October 7, 2014

      Obama the victim as officials rush into print before sell-by date

      Writing kiss-and-tell memoirs is as old as the US republic. But few presidents have had to suffer as much from them while...

    3. April 11, 2014

      White House pressed to release report into CIA torture programme

      The White House is facing intense pressure to release a secret congressional report into the CIA’s torture programme after a...

    4. February 28, 2013

      Kerry hints at US help for Syria rebels

      The US is looking for new ways to help the Syrian opposition, secretary of state John Kerry said on Wednesday, as...

    5. February 24, 2013

      Middle East set to dominate Kerry tour

      John Kerry billed his first overseas trip this week as US secretary of state as a “listening tour”, but his hosts will want...

    6. February 20, 2013

      800,000 Pentagon staff face unpaid leave

      The “vast majority” of the Pentagon’s civilian personnel will be put on temporary unpaid leave if automatic spending cuts...

    7. February 10, 2013

      Panetta exposes Obama’s Syria dilemma

      Over the course of four decades in politics, Leon Panetta has enjoyed the model Washington career. He has been a...

    8. February 8, 2013

      Panetta reveals US divisions over Syria

      Divisions within the Obama administration over how to respond to the civil war in Syria spilled into the open on Thursday...

    9. February 7, 2013

      Brennan defends drone attacks

      John Brennan, the Obama administration’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, gave a vigorous defence of the...

    10. January 29, 2013

      Cyber saboteurs stalk the oil industry

      The oil industry is facing a new menace: cyber attacks. Last year Saudi Aramco, a leading oil and gas producer, was hit by a...

    11. January 27, 2013

      Republicans back off from Lew battle

      Jack Lew’s appointment as America’s next Treasury secretary appears to be on track, with Senate Republicans shying away from...

    12. January 23, 2013

      Pentagon clears Allen in Petraeus scandal

      The Pentagon has cleared of wrongdoing General John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan who became embroiled in the...

    13. January 20, 2013

      Cameron leads warnings on jihadi threat

      Many western leaders have expressed concern about the possible resurgence of jihadism in north Africa following the French...

    14. January 11, 2013

      Obama and Karzai agree early handover

      By Geoff Dyer in Washington The US and international forces in Afghanistan will hand over responsibility for security...

    15. January 7, 2013

      Obama defies opposition to security team

      Barack Obama has announced his new national security team, tapping loyalists to oversee the continuing pursuit of...

    16. December 21, 2012

      Are we prepared for a cyber storm?

      This Christmas, New York is in Sandy Recovery mode. With the holiday season approaching, the race has been on to get the...

    17. The World

      December 20, 2012

      Chuck Hagel, Israel and Obama

      Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel in Jordan in 2008. (Salah Malkawi/Getty) The shadow boxing over the potential nomination of...

    18. December 20, 2012

      Hagel defence nomination faces struggle

      The potential nomination of Chuck Hagel as US secretary of defence faces resistance from pro-Israel groups because of...

    19. December 2, 2012

      Former US spy chief warns on cybersecurity

      A former US intelligence chief says the west has had its “9/11 warning” on cybersecurity and warns that unless urgent action...

    20. November 15, 2012

      White House gives few clues on cabinet

      Such is the mood in Washington after Barack Obama’s re-election that when Deval Patrick was invited to dinner at the White...

    21. November 15, 2012

      Obama labels threats over Rice ‘outrageous’

      Barack Obama has strongly defended Susan Rice, the UN ambassador, calling “outrageous” a threat by two Republican senators...

    22. November 14, 2012

      Obama ‘withholds judgment’ on Petraeus

      The role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the downfall of David Petraeus is likely to come under even closer...

    23. November 7, 2012

      Foreign policy team faces shake-up

      President Barack Obama will immediately face some delicate decisions about his most important national security advisers,...

    24. October 25, 2012

      Benghazi attack suspect killed in Egypt

      A man suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on the US consulate in eastern Libya was killed following a ferocious gun...

    25. October 15, 2012

      Variant of Middle East spy virus found

      A variant of the cyber espionage viruses that have infected targets across the Middle East has been discovered, raising...

    26. October 12, 2012

      Panetta warns US of ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’

      US defence secretary Leon Panetta warned on Thursday the US could face a “cyber Pearl Harbor” and that foreign hackers could...

    27. October 7, 2012

      Syrian shelling leaves Erdogan with dilemma

      Turkey and Syria exchanged cross-border fire for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, adding to tensions that have brought...

    28. September 19, 2012

      Xi Jinping hits out over Japan dispute

      Xi Jinping, China’s leader-in-waiting, weighed into the country’s dispute with Japan over a group of islands in the East...

    29. September 17, 2012

      Japanese companies shut China factories

      Dozens of Japanese businesses shut operations in China on Monday and urged expatriates to stay indoors, fearing an...

    30. September 17, 2012

      US urges ‘restraint’ in Senkaku dispute

      Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, has called for “calm and restraint” amid an increasingly bitter Sino-Japanese...

    31. beyondbrics

      August 14, 2012

      London headlines

      * Currency flows reversing China to Colombia as trade slows * Emails told of fears over EADS payments * US says Pakistan to...

    32. July 31, 2012

      US imposes sanctions on Iran oil industry

      The Obama administration announced new sanctions on the Iranian oil industry and on a Chinese and an Iraqi bank on Tuesday,...

    33. July 18, 2012

      US assures UK on jet fighter

      The US will spare the Joint Strike Fighter jet ordered by the UK from austerity-induced military spending cuts, Leon...

    34. June 20, 2012

      Al-Qaeda leader captured in Pakistan

      ISLAMABAD, June 20 – Pakistan has captured an “important” al-Qaeda leader in an operation near the border with Iran,...

    35. June 7, 2012

      Panetta warns on Pakistan terror havens

      The US is “reaching the limits of our patience” with Pakistan about the havens enjoyed by terrorist groups, said Leon...

    36. June 3, 2012

      Panetta makes symbolic visit to Vietnam

      Leon Panetta on Sunday became the first US defence secretary to visit Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam in more than three decades, in...

    37. June 2, 2012

      US plans to boost Pacific naval forces

      The US plans to boost its naval presence in the Pacific as part of the Obama administration’s “pivot” towards Asia, a move...

    38. May 31, 2012

      US strategic battle guidelines under attack

      New US battle guidelines partly designed to counter the military challenge from China are attracting strong criticism at...

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