The new Obama administration’s defence strategy came out last week and caused a few ripples. But for the most part there wasn’t anything in it that didn’t strike one as being just common sense. Read more

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Reading some of the statements of Osama Bin Laden and his ilk one is struck about their ignorance of modern economies. They think it’s all about oil, as you would expect from Gulf Arabs. Read more

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The US budget deal was interesting in foreign policy terms at the willingness with which the US legislators and administration were willing to put the Pentagon’s budget to the axe. Read more

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George W Bush just landed in India as the chief guest of the Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative. Unsurprisingly there’s been a lot of “Aaargh, how can you invite him?” but also a fair amount of “Good someone is giving credit where credit is due.” Read more

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