Cold War

Oleg Gordievsky, the ultimate spy story — and Ben Macintyre, the best writer to tell it

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Spy stories, whether the stuff of fictional thrillers or, as in the case of Sergei Skripal, the real deal —…

Radio’s role in winning the Cold War

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Some of us grew up worrying about reds under the bed, which was perhaps not as foolish as all that…

Embarrassing – but electrifying: Bernstein 100 reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

‘There is something enviable about the utter lack of inhibition with which Leonard Bernstein carries on,’ wrote the critic of…

Trump’s real strategy for facing Putin: speak softly and buy more nukes

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump has not lost his capacity to surprise: few would have bet on him starting his address to Congress…

Execution of Algerian rebels in Sétif

The scandalous scramble for Africa

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Empires in the Sun might conjure up romantic visions for some, but this book’s essence is distilled in its subtitle,…

The only good thing about the Soviet Union was cheap caviar

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I know an immensely grand aristocratic lady, impeccably mannered, with a regal grace and presence, who cannot be trusted near…

Putin's dangerous games in the Baltic

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Is he mad enough to invade the Baltic states, or is it all a clever bluff?

Stop this stupid sabre-rattling against Russia

22 October 2016 9:00 am

It’s our side that worries me, not the Russians

Could the conflict in Syria lead to world war three?

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Will this conflict in the Middle East lead to world war three?

Portrait of the week

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spent time in Brussels before a meeting of the European Council to see what…

Scarlett Johansson as a mermaid? Bung her in

What is a serious film festival doing opening with Hail, Caesar!

20 February 2016 9:00 am

What is a serious film festival doing opening with Ethan and Joel Coens’ turkey Hail, Caesar!? James Woodall reports from Berlin

Hot seats: Charles and Ray Eames posing with chair bases

The couple behind the world’s most famous chair

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Peter Mandelson, in his moment of pomp, had his portrait taken by Lord Snowdon. He is sitting on a fine…

How to fix our defence budget mess

28 March 2015 9:00 am

With the exception of 1983, when Michael Foot promised unilateral nuclear disarmament, defence has played little role in modern election…

Barack Obama: anatomy of a failure

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Whatever happened to Barack Obama?

Playing chicken with Vladimir Putin

29 November 2014 9:00 am

An official end to the Cold War was declared at a summit between President George H. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev…

Sanctions won’t tame Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Talking might

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Sanctions won’t help. One thing might

Anthony Horowitz’s Diary: Dinner with Saddam, anyone?

19 July 2014 9:00 am

I have written a play, but a month after it was sent to half a dozen theatres, I have heard…

An anti-Soviet rally in Moscow, February 1991: Gorbachev’s reforms resulted in the rise of his nemesis, Yeltsin

It's not just Putin who misses the Soviet empire. President Bush did, too

12 July 2014 9:00 am

In the latest – and best – of the books on the end of the USSR, Victor Sebestyen finds that the only good thing about the Soviet empire was the manner of its passing

Vladimir Putin knows what he stands for. Do we?

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Possibly because his oratory is no match for his much-displayed pectoral muscles, the speeches of Vladimir Putin are seldom reported…

How the first world war inspired the EU

8 February 2014 9:00 am

To understand the real meaning of the EU, you must grasp that it originated in the first world war, rather than the second

Hasty exit strategy

2 March 2013 9:00 am

For years after the rug was pulled from under it, the British Empire — with a quarter of the globe,…

All eyes and ears

14 August 2010 12:00 am

Both of these books aim, in their different ways, to cater for Britain’s long-standing obsession with espionage and other forms of political and military intelligence.

Proscribed reading

17 July 2010 12:00 am

In 1948, Poland’s new communist government was badly in need of legitimacy and desperate for international recognition. So they did what any self-respecting left-wing government would do, back in those days, in order to win a bit of respect; they held a cultural Congress.

Learning to live with the bomb

7 July 2010 12:00 am

In the autumn of 1962, not more than a couple of weeks after the Cuban missile crisis and with our British fleet of nuclear-armed V-bombers still on high alert, a man called Gervase Cowell, then working in our Moscow embassy, received a phone call.