Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Brexit Might Break Britain. What Will Scotland Do?

Scotland, six years after its last crack at independence, is hankering to be a “global good gal,” charting its own foreign-policy course independent of London.

A demonstrator holding a Lebanese flag

Our Top Weekend Reads

Why partition may be the only solution to Lebanon’s woes, what the bestselling book “Caste” ignores about India’s caste structure, and Britain’s distraction from its real economic problems.

A commuter crosses a road by London Bridge in London on Sept. 15.

Brexit Is a Distraction from the United Kingdom’s Real Economic Woes

To rebuild its position as a powerhouse, the country will need to focus on its deeper problems.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson’s Plan to Get Brexit Done and ‘Hang the Consequences’

The United Kingdom is going back on the terms of its divorce with Europe, threatening any future trade deals and even the integrity of the U.K. itself.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Np. 10 Downing Street on Sept. 8.

Don’t Trust Boris Johnson’s Britain

European leaders have always been wary of Perfidious Albion. The British prime minister once again confirmed their worst fears.

El Chapo boxes of aid for the needy

How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic

Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.

Britain's Prince Andrew leaves after speaking at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Bangkok on Nov. 3, 2019.

Why Do Royals Get Away With So Much?

Prince Andrew’s entanglements with Jeffrey Epstein lack the usual excuse of affairs of state.

Then-Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at Trafalgar Square to speak at an anti-war rally in London on Jan. 11.

How to Lose an Election on Foreign Policy

Jeremy Corbyn’s blunders over Russian poisoning were critical to his polling collapse.

Members of the Million Women Rise activist group

Britain’s Domestic Abuse Bill Still Leaves Migrants at Risk

After months of delay, Boris Johnson’s government has rejected amendments to the landmark legislation that would ensure support for some of the country’s most marginalized women.

A tourist wearing a face mask walks on Magaluf Beach in Calvia on the Spanish island of Mallorca on July 8.

Johnson Is Bringing Brits Home, but They’re Probably Safer in Spain

The British government’s haphazard approach to quarantining travelers won’t make up for its failed domestic coronavirus containment efforts.

France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani (C) as Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and other members of the Iranian delegation stand next to them during an official meeting on September 18, 2017, in New York.

Europe Can Preserve the Iran Nuclear Deal Until November

After a humiliating defeat at the U.N. Security Council, Washington will seek snapback sanctions to sabotage what’s left of the nuclear deal. Britain, France, and Germany can still keep it alive until after the U.S. election.

John Hume sits in front of the Stormont Parliament Buildings.

John Hume Left Behind a Peaceful—but Divided—Ireland

The Nobel Peace Laureate helped bring nearly three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland to an end. But reconciliation between the country’s communities remains unrealized.

Boris Johnson, as mayor of London, meets tourists during an official visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing on Oct. 15, 2013.

Boris Johnson’s Remarkable U-Turn From Sinophile to China Hawk

Six months ago, Britain was the most China-friendly state in Western Europe. That’s ancient history now.

Boris Johnson slips over while competing in a tug of war during the launch of London Poppy Day on October 27, 2015 in London.

Britain Is Botching This Cold War Just Like the Last One

British politicians and spies are continuing a tradition of sticking their heads in the sand against inconvenient attacks.


China Will Use Huawei to Spy Because So Would You

There is a long, and secret, history of countries—including Britain and the United States—forcing companies to protect national security by helping them eavesdrop in bulk.

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