Unlike many full-time commentators, I have been to the places and spoken to the people I write about:

Trump and Jerusalem

Why the worst president in American history went against all his predecessors, and the rest of the world.

Delusions of imperial glory

Of all the foolish phrases uttered before and after Britain’s decision to quit the European Union, the most unfortunate must be “Empire 2.0”

The ultimate in one-man rule

In China, everything comes back to President Xi Jinping

The law of unintended consequences

The publication of the Chilcot Inquiry’s report on Britain’s role in the invasion of Iraq was the moment to ask Tony Blair and George W Bush, the instigators of the conflict: is this what you wanted?