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Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

International Security Correspondent Paul Rogers provides weekly commentary on the 'war on terror'. His acute commentaries are an indispensable guide to explaining the present conflict's development and mapping the future.

UK military deals: red-flag alert!

The buying of Britain's defence equipment is a litany of cost, waste and cosiness

Climate disruption: time to speak up

To defend the realm, Britain's security nexus must rethink its line of duty. Change the security narrative.

Letter from London: a jihadi odyssey

A young follower shares his double life, in the latest of a series imagined by Paul Rogers.

The Taliban's top trumps

Afghanistan's daring insurgents are waging war while planning for power.

No way to run the world

 A decade after the financial crash, an epic repeat is on course. Español

Policing Islamism: a fatal disconnect

Britain needs to broaden its thinking about the appeal of "the west vs Islam" message.

A war of minds: beyond 2001-18

The west's failure in Afghanistan and Iraq, says our columnist who predicted both, is above all one of understanding.

Blair to Corbyn: the new now

Today's British politics resemble the 1990s. But Corbyn's Labour is set to change that.

Trump follows, DPRK-Iran lead

The president's diplomatic delusions are taking the United States down.

Corbyn’s Labour Party, can it win?

The 1960s–70s send a warning to Britain's next left-wing government.

Putin's wargame: behind the smoke

While Russia's military exercises sound a western alarm, blunt reality offers better advice.

Netanyahu and Israel’s (in)security

How do Israeli leaders see the future? With less confidence than you might think.   

Netanyahu’s Corbyn problem

In the furore over Labour's leader, Israel's actual interest in targeting him is neglected.

Iran vs America: history's scars

Disparate national memories fuel a perilous rivalry.

A war close to home

The slow-burn effects of ISIS's dispersal are coming to the west.

A climate revolution

Zero-carbon economies must come. But need millions suffer first? A personal, global story.

Taliban from enemy to ally

The threat of ISIS's affiliate in Afghanistan is turning heads in Washington

Britain's defence, Labour's winner?

Conservatives' claim to uphold a safe country and strong military no longer works.

Nato, and a thinking gap

If the west's military alliance is adrift, it's not because of Putin or Trump.

A tale of two bombers

A raid on ISIS affiliates in Libya exposes cosmic waste – and stupidity.

Labour, ahoy! HMS UK needs you

Conservatives are adrift on defence and security. Labour must step up.

Letter from London, via Raqqa

How might a young ISIS true believer, back from Syria to the west, see the movement's future? Here, continuing a series of letters, is an imagined answer.

Kim vs Don: the Singapore sting

In a summit welcomed by Washington and Pyongyang alike, the North Korean leader had an ace card.

Kim Jong-un to Trump: bring it on

Trump thinks he's the top deal-maker. Pyongyang's summit plans suggest not.

Trump's empire: in decline, danger

How will an unstable war-centric leadership, beset with status anxiety, act over Iran and North Korea?

A war-promoting hydra

A vast, rich industry drives military solutions to security problems. Here's how it works.

Iran eyes Israel: the fire next time

How a military exchange gives Tehran insight into a sworn enemy.

Target Tehran

Israel's air attacks in Syria signal the wider war it seeks. Now for the White House...

Corbyn's critics: time to come round

After six shocks in three years, can Labour sceptics face the party's new reality?

Israel vs Iran, a looming war

A low-key raid in Syria, and Iran's growing influence, sharpen the risk. 

Middle East nightmare, made in Washington

The United States talks to North Korea but seeks Saudi war on Iran.

After the Syria raid, what next?

The US-France-UK raid on Syria is less mission accomplished than situation worsened.

Attacking Assad: to do or not to do

A military escalation over Syria presents huge dangers. So how else to act?

ISIS, in eleven shades of black

A multilingual manual for the worldwide jihad signals ISIS's ambition. 

Britain's security, Labour's missed opportunity

Corbyn's party changed and won the argument on austerity. It could do the same on defence – but it doesn't want to try.  

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