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Andy Owen

Putin versus the dead

The families of Russian soldiers killed in the Ukraine war pose an increasingly delicate problem for the Kremlin

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Putin is creating a living hell

Putin will be pleased by developments in the middle east

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2024: The year of living dangerously

It will be a year of political upheaval and war. If leaders can’t navigate a changing world order, the results could be disastrous

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Gaza and Israel – what happens if it escalates?

Unless political leaders can break the cycle of pain and rage, then we could all feel the consequences

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Bloodshed and retribution will widen ancient divides in the Middle East

As Israel contemplates another intelligence failure, the world looks nervously at what comes next

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Yom Kippur: 18 days that shook the world

The 1973 Arab-Israeli war divided Europe and the US, nearly led to a third world war and permanently scarred the Israeli psyche

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Czechia and the fight for survival

The Czechs, who have always regarded themselves as part of “the west” know the dangers of appeasement better than any other nation. They will not back down on Putin

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The government played right into Vladimir Putin's hands

What’s bad for the west is good for the Kremlin – and the fringe elements in the current government proved this

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Kursk: The battle that changed everything

The 1943 Battle of Kursk was the largest tank battle in history and left a landscape of apocalyptic destruction. It still holds lessons for the war in Ukraine

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Why Russia spies on Britain

Recent arrests may show that even as the invasion of Ukraine falters, Russia keeps sending its agents to the UK

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The Russian coup attempt shows that China invading Taiwan would be a huge risk

Has Beijing learned the lessons of Putin’s failed invasion of Ukraine, and Prigozhin’s failed revolution?

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Is this the beginning of Putin's end?

A military confrontation between Wagner and the Russian army is a real possibility. We should be careful what we wish for

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The world's two-faced leaders

Authoritarian rulers have often used body doubles – what are they trying to hide?

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Russia’s IT squad

Vladimir Putin’s next offensive in Ukraine will have a lethal digital component as cyberwar escalates across the world

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The lessons from Iraq

If we do not learn the lessons of the Iraq war, we are doomed to further conflict and chaos

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Yevgeny Prigozhin, the hot-dog salesman turned oligarch presumed dead

He used to organise Vladimir Putin’s meals. How did he become such a threat to Russia's dictator?

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Remembrance revisited

Britain will stop on Sunday to honour its war dead. But in a new era, what should we remember, and how should we do it?

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As Ukraine marks its independence, Russia’s war now haunts the streets of Moscow

Putin blames Zelensky for the fatal car bomb that killed an ally’s daughter. Whatever the truth, the Kremlin’s dictator should be worried

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Our forever war on terror

Al-Qaida’s leader is dead but terrorism is very much alive.. and the next wave of it to strike Britain may come from the extreme right

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Did Britain break the world?

There is a link between UK foreign policy and recent global traumas. So what is our place in the world, and what kind of country do we want to be?

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The bitter taste of British cake mix policymaking

Pioneered by a US baking brand, focus groups are used by the likes of Rishi Sunak to make decisions at the expense of expert-led strategy

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Boris Johnson’s hollow crown

The prime minister is the Richard II of modern politics - and he must learn the bitter lessons of the 14th-century monarch

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What if Putin decides to fight even dirtier?

The possibility of a cornered president lashing out cannot be discounted. If it happens, how should the West respond?

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The lessons of Ukraine: Now the West must accept that war will always be with us

A former military intelligence officer argues that Putin’s ambitions will not end here - and that we must recalibrate how we respond to agents of chaos

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