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Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

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.

Britain's defence: a retro fantasy

The government plans a quasi-imperial post-Brexit lurch. It's time to plot a new course.

Trump's ego vs Kim Jong-un's art of the deal

America's president is all bluster, North Korea's all strategy. Who is winning?

Planet politics: time to get real

How to stop the glaciers melting? With three vital forces, it's possible.

Trump's trap: leave vs remain

Washington's wars are unendable as well as unwinnable  

Labour's plan: climate, not Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn's promise of radical change is moving closer to fulfilment

US decline: a military calculus

Russia's threat is overrated, China's challenge is real – and Trump a mere bob on history's wave.

Trump, Blackwater, and private war

A military drawdown in Syria and Afghanistan is good for America's enemies – and contractors.

Climate action: the new frontier

An array of bold climateers is rising worldwide. The next step is to link ideas and practice.

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.

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