Our columnist goes behind the scenes in the White House, as fly on the wall of the Oval Office.
Posts by Garvan Walshe
Garvan Walshe was National and International Security Policy Adviser for the Conservative Party until 2008.Follow @
British commentators who jumped to condemn his decision as a travesty of democracy failed to understand the country’s constitutional traditions.
The use of live ammunition is the result of decisions either made or approved by the defence minister.
The Israeli Prime Minister senses a chance to finally succeed in his years-long campaign to persuade the United States to bomb Iran’s nuclear programme.
Britain would be powerless to deter Russian aggression, because he doesn’t see upholding peace and security in Europe – let alone the world – to be part of his job.
The Labour leader could have spent his career choosing to challenge anti-semitism among his allies. Instead, he has got used to overlooking it.
The UK can not allow Russia to believe it got away with it without serious consequences.
The vote split along geographic and political grounds; it is hard to see how any proper government can be formed between competing brands of populism.
Garvan Walshe: To get real Brexit for Great Britain, the DUP should consent to Ulster staying in the Single Market and Customs Union
If there’s to be no border in Ireland, and Britain is to leave the Customs Union and Single Market, it follows that there must be a customs border on the Irish Sea.
Doing so would be an opportunity for us to learn – Ukrainian forces have valuable experience of state-to-state conflict, and of Russian weaponry we have never faced.
They offer the best chance to maintain influence in Syria to counter Moscow, but the question of their ongoing conflict with Turkey must be addressed.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
The old hatred has been ushered in by a toxic mix of Islamism, anti-immigrant populism and far-leftism. Liberalism must fight back.
We are not up against a revived Soviet Union. At most, Putin’s state is a puffer fish – poisonous, but not as big as you think.
Garvan Walshe: In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia plays with fire. And there is no American adult to provide supervision.
The Saudi crown prince is in a hurry on every front – if anyone is advising him to take care, then he is certainly not listening to them.