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  1. 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...

  2. May 19, 2013

    John Kerry’s vaulting ambitions for US diplomacy

    Nobody ever accused John Kerry of lacking self-belief. Nor are they ever likely to. This week, for the fourth time since...

  1. October 18, 2012

    Militant shot schoolgirl to ‘raise profile’

    The Taliban leader who apparently ordered the assassination of a Pakistani schoolgirl last week may not be well known...

  2. December 18, 2011

    The Unquiet American

     The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World, Edited by Derek Chollet and Samantha Power, PublicAffairs, RRP£19.99,...

  3. July 29, 2011

    Kabul television

    In 2006, David Ensor quit his job as CNN national security correspondent and moved from Washington DC to an apartment off...

  4. July 22, 2011

    The Afghan misadventure

    In early 2010, I accepted an invitation to join the head of the RAF and several other senior British military officers on a...

  5. June 27, 2011

    California tightens screw on trade with Iran

    A new Californian law that prohibits companies with Iran investments from bidding for state contracts has prompted scores of...

  6. June 2, 2011

    US to cut Pakistan aid projects

    The US will cut the number of projects it funds in Pakistan by two-thirds as it seeks to focus its civilian assistance more...

  7. February 15, 2011

    Pakistan pressed to release US official

    Protesters, unhappy at moves to free a US official accused of killing two Pakistanis, burn a US flag Pakistan is considering...

  8. February 15, 2011

    US names Grossman Afghan-Pakistan envoy

    The Obama administration has chosen a retired career diplomat to replace the late Richard Holbrooke as its special envoy to...

  9. December 17, 2010

    Famous last words

    Nothing is exempt from political spin these days, not even the final words of a dying man. Like the international conflicts...

  10. December 16, 2010

    The perils of moral fervour in the Balkans

    In 1999, the western powers used military might to drive out Serb forces from Kosovo after Serbia had attempted to maintain...

  11. FT Alphaville

    December 16, 2010

    Obama scents victory on Start treaty

    Barack Obama, US president, has closed in on one of his biggest foreign policy accomplishments by winning Republican support...

  12. December 15, 2010

    Doubts raised over Holbrooke’s last words on war

    As the purported last words of Richard Holbrooke, one of the most renowned US diplomats, the quote could not fail to cause a...

  13. FT Alphaville

    December 15, 2010

    US focuses on 2014 Afghan handover

    The sudden death of Richard Holbrooke, the US diplomat, comes as Washington’s Afghan war planning moves into a new phase,...

  14. December 14, 2010

    Buying more time in Afghanistan

    The death of Richard Holbrooke, perhaps the most daring American diplomat of recent times, is a blow to US policy in...

  15. December 14, 2010

    US focuses on 2014 Afghan handover

    The sudden death of Richard Holbrooke, the US diplomat, comes as Washington’s Afghan war planning moves into a new phase,...

  16. December 14, 2010

    Holbrooke dies after heart surgery

    Richard Holbrooke, the US’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died at a Washington hospital after...

  17. December 14, 2010

    One of top US diplomatic troubleshooters of post-war era

    Richard Holbrooke, who has died at the age of 69 was one of the top US diplomatic troubleshooters of the post-war era, from...

  18. December 11, 2010

    US diplomat Holbrooke in critical condition

    Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was in a critical condition at a Washington hospital on...

  19. December 7, 2010

    Frustration at Yemen over al-Qaeda

    Leaked US diplomatic cables have revealed the growing frustration at Yemen’s fight against al-Qaeda months before the...

  20. December 6, 2010

    Islamabad and Kabul urged to improve ties

    Truckloads of cement, air conditioners and pomegranates might not sound like the stuff of war and peace. But the Obama...

  21. November 18, 2010

    Why a forlorn Karzai is breaking with the west

    As Nato leaders meet in Lisbon to discuss how to seek a way out of Afghanistan by 2014, they need even more urgently to...

  22. October 18, 2010

    Kabul faces broad push to take military lead

    Envoys from more than 40 countries and international organisations have launched an expanded diplomatic push for Kabul to...

  23. September 22, 2010

    Book to expose US rifts on Afghan policy

    Top advisers to Barack Obama, US president, have waged bitter battles and turf wars over Afghan policy, according to a new...

  24. June 26, 2010

    An incoherent resignation

    A question persists in the wake of the Rolling Stone article that this week led to the forced resignation of Gen Stanley...

  25. June 25, 2010

    An incoherent resignation

    A question persists in the wake of the Rolling Stone article that this week led to the forced resignation of Gen Stanley...

  26. June 25, 2010

    Obama insists on unity after McChrystal's exit

    President Barack Obama yesterday called on his fractious Afghanistan team to unite following his decision to replace General...

  27. June 25, 2010

    It is time to rethink the west's Afghan strategy

    The departure of General Stanley McChrystal as commander of the US and Nato mission in Afghanistan must usher in a review of...

  28. June 25, 2010

    Obama's choice suggests longer troop presence

    Barack Obama's decision to put David Petraeus, America's most celebrated serving general, in charge of the war in...

  29. June 24, 2010

    It is time to rethink the west’s Afghan strategy

    The departure of General Stanley McChrystal as commander of the US and Nato mission in Afghanistan must usher in a review of...

  30. June 24, 2010

    Obama insists on unity after McChrystal exit

    General David Petraeus (centre) at the White House on Thursday with President Barack Obama President Barack Obama on...

  31. June 24, 2010

    McChrystal's exit exposes cracks in US

    This week's storm over Gen Stanley McChrystal, who resigned last night, has thrown new light on one of the biggest cracks in...

  32. June 23, 2010

    McChrystal sacking exposes cracks in US

    This week’s storm over Gen Stanley McChrystal, who was sacked on Wednesday, has thrown new light on one of the biggest...

  33. June 23, 2010

    Remarks deepen growing unease

    For General Stanley McChrystal, the timing could hardly have been worse. Just 24 hours before US president Barack Obama's...

  34. June 23, 2010

    McChrystal summoned by angry Obama over gaffes

    The future of General Stanley McChrystal, architect of the US's Afghan war strategy, was in doubt last night after the...

  35. June 22, 2010

    Remarks deepen growing unease

    Gen Stanley McChrystal: highlighted disquiet For General Stanley McChrystal, the timing could hardly have been worse. Just...

  36. June 22, 2010

    McChrystal summoned by angry Obama over gaffes

    The future of General Stanley McChrystal, architect of the US’s Afghan war strategy, was in doubt on Tuesday night after the...

  37. June 22, 2010

    Shots mark US envoy's Afghan visit

    Volleys of gunfire and a botched suicide bomb attack greeted Richard Holbrooke, the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, as...

  38. June 21, 2010

    Shots mark US envoy’s Afghan visit

    Volleys of gunfire and an attempted suicide bombing greeted Richard Holbrooke, the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, as...

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