If Mullah Omar is dead, then what comes next?

If it is true that Mullah Omar died in Pakistan in 2013 then there are some pretty serious consequences: What happens to peace talks? Things were ticking along in the right direction. The crucial issue was always what does Mullah Omar want? And there was a clear feeling that credible negotiators could do nothing without … More If Mullah Omar is dead, then what comes next?

Chattanooga

I spent a chunk of last week in Chattanooga after the terrible murders of four marines and a sailor. The overriding sense in the city was one of shock: Shock at the killings but also utter bewilderment that it could have happened in a small city in Tennessee. I wrote about that sense here… Chattanooga … More Chattanooga

The universal theme at heart of Go Set a Watchman

Monroeville is proper small-town Alabama. A restaurant owner looked at me with shock when I asked for coffee at 3pm, pointing to a switched-off percolator machine. But this is the hometown of Harper Lee, and a small cottage industry has grown up around the author. Last night more than 400 people queued for copies of her … More The universal theme at heart of Go Set a Watchman

UN peacekeeping chief calls for South Sudan arms embargo

United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous pushed the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and to blacklist more rival leaders in the war-torn country, where he sees little prospect of a political solution. As the world’s newest state marks four years of independence from Sudan, Ladsous briefed the … More UN peacekeeping chief calls for South Sudan arms embargo