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    1. November 2, 2014

      Obama can learn from George W Bush

      The day after the 2006 congressional election, George W Bush admitted Republicans had received a “thumping”. President...

    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...

    1. September 18, 2014

      Obama’s isolation deepens over Isis

      Even before he took office, Barack Obama was worrying about the isolation that awaited him in the White House. “There’s a...

    2. August 13, 2014

      A hug cannot heal US split over Iraq

      Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton plan to “hug out” their differences at a mutual friend’s birthday party in the old-money...

    3. May 12, 2014

      ‘Stress Test’, by Timothy Geithner

      Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises , by Timothy Geithner, Random House Business/Crown, RRP£25/$35 If you had taken...

    4. March 30, 2014

      Ukraine crisis: US wants Europe to get on its bike on sanctions

      Barack Obama arrived in The Hague for the summit of G7 leading economies last week with a vast, armour-plated entourage. His...

    5. March 24, 2014

      Ukraine crisis: Crimea fuels call for rethink of UK defence plans

      Lord Dannatt, the former head of the UK army, has urged the government to send a “military statement” to Russia and cancel...

    6. January 17, 2014

      Peace in our time

      When war broke out in August 1914, crowds in Trafalgar Square cheered. In Germany, even the liberal novelist Thomas Mann...

    7. January 16, 2014

      Gates criticism strikes chord with UK defence chiefs

      Senior military figures have often raised concern about cuts to UK defence spending and expressed the fear that Britain is...

    8. January 16, 2014

      Former US defence chief Robert Gates warns on UK military cutbacks

      Military cuts are putting at risk the UK’s ability to maintain its role on the world stage, the former US defence secretary...

    9. The World

      January 12, 2014

      McCain on Gates on McCain

      By Richard McGregor in Washington After sensitive details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden began leaking, an...

    10. January 10, 2014

      Review: ‘Duty’, by Robert Gates

      Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, by Robert Gates, WH Allen, RRP£25/ Knopf, RRP$35, 640 pages Among US public servants of...

    11. January 8, 2014

      Gates memoir provides boost for Clinton

      If Hillary Clinton needed any further boosting as the frontrunner to be the 2016 Democratic nominee for US...

    12. January 8, 2014

      Gates memoir mixes disdain and respect

      In the first year of the Obama administration, when the new president was grappling with the momentous decision of whether...

    13. The World

      January 8, 2014

      Does Robert Gates need his head examined?

      President Barack Obama applauds Robert Gates at a ceremony to mark the latter's retirement as US defence secretary in 2011...

    14. January 7, 2014

      Robert Gates hits out at Obama foreign policy

      Barack Obama’s White House controlled foreign and defence policy more tightly than any other president since Richard Nixon...

    15. September 9, 2013

      US security giants cannot persuade wary public on Syria strike

      At a town-hall meeting convened by John McCain late last week, a constituent angry about US Congress and Syria expressed his...

    16. The A-List

      August 30, 2013

      Britain drifts towards isolation

      The British Parliament’s rejection of a motion endorsing UK participation in expected military action against Syria is...

    17. July 19, 2013

      Return of CIA agent avoids a new extradition stand-off for US

      A former CIA official convicted in Italy for his role in the kidnapping of a terror suspect has been sent back to the US...

    18. June 16, 2013

      Commentary: Weapons makers focus on returns

      Washington’s budget debates are so complicated that even members of Congress have trouble keeping up with the state of play....

    19. January 10, 2013

      Obama’s choice of insiders eschews new ideas

      If Barack Obama sought to emulate Abraham Lincoln with a “team of rivals” in his first term, his choices for top cabinet...

    20. October 21, 2012

      Drones: Undeclared and undiscussed

      If there is such as a thing as an “Obama doctrine”, it was prob­ably first suggested by the advice of Robert Gates, defence...

    21. October 21, 2012

      Shadow of 9/11 towers over the US election

      We are in the closing days of the third US presidential election since September 11 2001. Yet the shadow cast by the Twin...

    22. October 14, 2012

      Europe risks giving up on defence

      In June last year, Robert Gates, the then US defence secretary, made a speech in Brussels on Europe’s military capabilities....

    23. July 24, 2012

      Romney calls for bin Laden leak probe

      Republican challenger Mitt Romney has accused the Obama administration of leaking information for political gain about the...

    24. May 21, 2012

      US set to stand by Nato despite warnings

      It is almost a year since Robert Gates stepped down as US defence secretary yet his parting words were still ringing in the...

    25. January 20, 2012

      Rethink cuts to defence budget

      From Rear Adm James J. Carey (Ret). Sir, Even if the Pentagon’s new defence strategy is workable (“Pentagon to focus on...

    26. December 12, 2011

      US must avoid devastating round of defence cuts

      From Brig-Gen William A. Bloomer. Sir, Now they have had a chance to study the issue, Democrats and Republicans alike can...

    27. November 27, 2011

      Military discipline

      Before he stepped down as America’s defence chief earlier this year, Robert Gates set out a plan to streamline the...

    28. October 25, 2011

      Armed forces: Belligerent language masks limited capability

      This month, military enthusiasts in Chinese online chat rooms were jubilant: The J-20, the stealth fighter that the...

    29. October 16, 2011

      Werritty met US defence secretary

      New details have emerged about the access to foreign governments enjoyed by Adam Werritty, the friend of Liam Fox, former...

    30. October 5, 2011

      Panetta calls for unity on Nato spending

      Leon Panetta, US defence secretary, has urged European governments to engage in greater co-ordination over the way they plan...

    31. September 29, 2011

      A show of force

      When the US announced its decision last week to help Taiwan upgrade its fleet of ageing fighter aircraft, the response was...

    32. September 15, 2011

      Defence spending and myths about sharing of burden

      From Dr Ian Davis. Sir, Your report on the disparity between what Europeans and the US spend on defence perpetuates a number...

    33. September 13, 2011

      How America infantilised its friends

      From Prof Harvey M. Sapolsky. Sir, Philip Stephens in “The dangers of American retreat” (September 9) warns that friends who...

    34. September 12, 2011

      Western alliance: European cutbacks raise US concerns

      Can the nations of Europe begin to reverse their collective decline as a global military power? The question has been coming...

    35. September 12, 2011

      US: Bye, big spender, as budget is scaled back

      Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, defence companies have feasted on a surge of spending by the US military....

    36. August 23, 2011

      Libyan lessons

      With the capture of Muammer Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound, it is apparent that his forces are melting away. Barring a dramatic...

    37. August 15, 2011

      Stealthy stand-off in Pakistan

      The news that Pakistan allowed China access to remnants of the top secret US stealth helicopter downed in the raid to kill...

    38. July 27, 2011

      US moves towards nuclear talks with North Korea

      US diplomats will sit in New York with Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator, for the first talks in two years,...

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