Assad

How Putin came to rule the Middle East

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Russia has pulled off a diplomatic coup and emerged with superpower status in the Middle East

For Putin, Syria has gone from being an asset to a dangerous liability

15 April 2017 9:00 am

The Russian president is learning the drawbacks of intervention

Marshal Ney

Putin has shown the West up as a paper tiger

26 March 2016 9:00 am

On 17 November 1813, Marshal Ney, the bravest of the brave, had been the last to march out of Smolensk…

Supporting Assad against the ‘invaders’

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Four programmes, four very different kinds of radio, from a classically made drama to weird sonic ramblings, via the best…

Left: The main gate to the mighty citadel has withstood centuries of invasion. Now much scarred, it presides over a bombed-out city, including the wrecked medieval souq (above), until recently the world’s largest and most vibrant covered historic market and Unesco world heritage site

Syria's Stalingrad: how Aleppo slipped from tolerance to terrorism

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Justin Marozzi on the bitter irony of Aleppo’s ancient motto

Farty, smelly and in love with Putin? You must be middle-aged

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There are things that happen when you grow older — bad things, harbingers of death and decay. Past the age of…

The next immigration crisis

13 February 2016 9:00 am

There has been an influx of 2.5 million Syrian refugees, and almost as many again are expected. At this rate, Turkey’s migrant problem is set to become Europe’s

Silent strongman Sergey Shoigu is the real force behind Russia’s military aggression

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Sergey Shoigu is the real force behind Putin’s military aggression

Obama's weakness has helped Putin – and Isis

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The principal strategic objective in the war on terror has been a failure. Ever since 9/11, the aim has been…

Islamic State is making its threats a reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Isis could be on the brink of creating a terrifying new world order

Portrait of the week

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Home Two groups were launched, one in favour of remaining in the European Union and the other in favour of…

Bizarrely, Putin is talking more sense on Syria than anyone else

26 September 2015 8:00 am

The West’s strategy on Syria is a complete shambles

Letters: The Assad option, and a pre-nup for Taki

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Don’t write off Assad Sir: Ahmed Rashid refers to our ‘Arab allies’ supporting al-Qaeda (‘The plan to back al-Qaeda against…

The enemy's enemy: how Arab states have turned to al-Qa’eda

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Fear has driven the Arab states to support the West’s great enemy

Let’s read the riot act to the kleptocrats who are buying us out

18 July 2015 9:00 am

I have signed an affidavit for a hearing in the High Court stating that Janan Harb was, to my knowledge,…

Why I’ve joined Lebanon’s exodus

1 November 2014 9:00 am

The long shadow of the Islamic State means that many Christians are packing up and leaving Lebanon

The good fight

27 September 2014 9:00 am

It is a mark of the uncertainty of our policy in the Middle East that just over a year ago…

Please, Cameron – no moral grandstanding over Iraq

21 June 2014 8:00 am

If there’s a bright spot in the murky mess of Iraq, it’s that finally we have a war that it…

Portrait of the week

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Home Nigel Evans, who had resigned as deputy speaker before being cleared of a bundle of rape and sexual assault…

If Ukraine’s protests were a revolution, why wasn’t the Stop the War march?

1 March 2014 9:00 am

It’s ages since I last went on a decent demo and had a bit of a dust-up with the pigs.…

Letters: The Syria debate, plus Giles Milton on Andro Linklater

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Syrian matters Sir: Though Syria (Leading article, 31 August) is certainly no laughing matter, the turmoil prevailing over a ‘punitive…

Syria’s war in miniature: meeting the Christians driven out of Qusayr

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Events in one Syrian town cast light on the nation’s strife

If there was ever a time to intervene in Syria, it has passed

4 May 2013 9:00 am

A western intervention might never have worked. But it certainly won’t now