America should drop the 'Dr Evil fallacy' on assassination

"LADIES and gentlemen, we got him." I can still remember the exultant tone of Paul Bremer, the American governor of post-invasion Iraq, as he announced the capture of Saddam Hussein. Mr Bremer's exhilaration was understandable. But it also pointed to a persistent fallacy that has undermined US...


Boris Johnson's Britain is a test case for strongman politics

DONALD Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Rodrigo Duterte, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Narendra Modi, Viktor Orban - it still seems a bit startling to add the name of Boris Johnson to that roll-call of "strongman" leaders from the US, Brazil, the Philippines, Turkey, India and Hungary. After all, the British...


Moscow, Hong Kong and the liberalism of the streets

ACCORDING to Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, "the liberal idea has become obsolete". Maybe so. But illiberalism does not seem to be doing so well either, to judge from my recent visits to Moscow and Hong Kong.


The Asian strategic order is dying, and volatility will be the norm

WHEN somebody is reaching the end of their life, they often suffer from lots of apparently unrelated ailments - fevers, aches and pains, unlucky falls. Something similar may happen when a strategic order is dying. There has been a rash of diplomatic and security incidents across east Asia in the...