24 March 2015

Lee Kuan Yew: the last of the great authoritarians

Love him or loathe him, he had something his successors lack.

19 March 2015

Prevent: a very risky strategy

The UK’s clueless counterterrorism strategy sees threats everywhere.

5 February 2015

Bitter Lake: searching for meaning in the Afghan abyss

Adam Curtis’s latest is a Heart of Darkness for the post-9/11 era.

12 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo: more security isn’t the solution

We don't need new anti-terror laws – we need more open political debate.

8 August 2014

Dying for a purpose

The absence of meaning in modern war has made combat losses hard to bear.

26 November 2013

Putting the human soul on the slab

Human behaviour cannot be understood through brain scans.

11 September 2013

Terrorism: a homegrown fear

The enemy in the ‘war on terror’ was created by a lack of meaning or purpose in the West.

Books 30 May 2008

History: it's just one bloody thing after another

Having jettisoned political and historical frameworks, Michael Burleigh's story of terrorism combines a lack of insight with excessive prejudice about curry-eating loyalists and headbutting Glaswegians.

14 November 2006

Tempted by terror

To lose a few citizens to radical Islam is unfortunate. To lose as many as 1,600 (according to the MI5 boss) could be considered careless.

24 September 2004

Hunters in the House

There's little point securing institutions from the outside, if they have failed to win the loyalty of those on the inside.