Syria

As Assad recovers, Syria is returning to stability

13 October 2018 9:00 am

In order to avoid the Labour conference and yet more predictable media attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, I escaped late last…

In Idlib, the final chapter in Syria’s civil war has begun

15 September 2018 9:00 am

The final chapter in Syria’s civil war

Assad is back for good in Syria - and with Trump’s blessing

21 July 2018 9:00 am

He’s back – with Russia’s army and America’s blessing

Putin says he’s making Russia great again. In reality, it’s crumbling

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Russia has been the beneficiary, not the cause, of the West’s convulsions

Joanna Lumley plays Mrs God in BBC Radio 4's new play Michael Frayn's Pocket Playhouse (Credit: ITV/ Rex/ Shutterstock)

Only Radio 4 would allow Ian McKellen and Joanna Lumley to play Mr and Mrs God

2 June 2018 9:00 am

One sphere that podcasts have so far not much penetrated is drama. Audible.co.uk is itching to develop its own brand…

Portrait of the Week: Allied air strikes on Syria and the Windrush scandal

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Home Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, apologised in Parliament for the treatment of immigrants from the Commonwealth from before 1971,…

Bombs away: Trump and Macron’s bromance is getting serious

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The Trump-Macron bromance has stepped up a gear over Syria

From a Low and Quiet Sea: making art from a perilous journey

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Donal Ryan is one of the most notable Irish writers to emerge this decade. So far he has produced five…

Letters: pipeline politics, non-boozy drinks and a defence of Sunderland

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Pipeline politics Sir: In his article ‘Putin’s gamble’ (3 March), Paul Wood quite rightly mentions that one of the key reasons…

The mess in Syria is putting America’s credibility on the line

27 January 2018 9:00 am

A day of reckoning is coming for muddled Middle East policies

How can any intelligent person have faith?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Ten years ago, I had a strange debate about faith with a famous Jesuit and an agnostic psychoanalyst in a…

Britain and its allies are opening the way for yet another Iraq war

18 November 2017 9:00 am

After the most intensive street-by-street combat since 1945, Isis’s so-called caliphate is no more. Last weekend, the Iraqi government won…

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

In praise of Radio 2

23 September 2017 9:00 am

‘You can’t lie… on radio,’ says Liza Tarbuck. The Radio 2 DJ was being interviewed for the network’s birthday portrait,…

Beyond belief: Sam Otto as Jalal in Peter Kosminsky’s The State

The State was gripping, moving and shocking – but it came at a moral cost

2 September 2017 9:00 am

No, The State (Channel 4) wasn’t a recruiting manual for the Islamic State, though I did feel uneasy about it…

Bin Laden the pin-up, a Tory singalong and comedy magic: Edinburgh Fringe roundup

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Brexit the Musical is a peppy satire written by Chris Bryant (not the MP, he’s a lawyer). Musically the show…

East haunts West in a musicologist’s dark night of the soul

8 July 2017 9:00 am

As bombs fall everywhere in Syria and IS fighters destroy Palmyra, a musicologist in Vienna lies awake all night thinking…

Hilary Mantel explains the difference between facts and truths

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘History is not the past,’ says the writer Hilary Mantel in the first of her Reith Lectures on Radio 4…

Palmyra was one of the ancient world’s great entrepots, trading in myrrh, incense, ivory, pearls and silk

The lovely ruins of Palmyra were destroyed out of spite

27 May 2017 9:00 am

In the welter of Syrian bloodshed, why should we remember the death of a single man? Because he was the…

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

Portrait of the Week

15 April 2017 8:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, having cancelled a trip to Moscow over the Syrian poison gas incident, consulted other…

Trump’s not the new Hitler... he’s the new Kaiser Bill

8 April 2017 9:00 am

President Trump isn’t the new Hitler. He’s more Wilhelm II, a reckless militarist who will gamble with world peace

War, war and war some more

8 April 2017 9:00 am

American foreign policy is becoming ruthlessly simple

Europe should follow Britain’s lead on refugees

25 March 2017 9:00 am

When a humanitarian tragedy disappears from our newspapers, there are two possibilities: that the crisis is over and life for…

Why camps are the wrong way to help today’s refugees

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Our global system for aiding refugees dates from the 1940s – no wonder it’s broken