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March 18, 2014 | Guardian (UK)

The Focus is on Crimea, But Next is the Fight for Ukraine

Timothy Garton Ash: Despite today's shooting, the west must not forget that the pivotal struggle is over control of the eastern heartlands
February 2, 2014 | Guardian (UK)

Ukraine Stands on the Brink – and Europe Must Bring it Back

Timothy Garton Ash: This is no velvet revolution, but nor is it an uprising of fascist Cossacks or a zero-sum game with Russia. Europe must intervene on the side of democracy and human rights
November 21, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

Is Europe Headed for Divorce?

Now that the German elections are over, Germany and France will launch a great initiative to save the European project. Marking the centennial of 1914 and World War I , this will contrast favorably with the weak and confused leadership under which Europe stumbled 100 years ago. Before the May elections to the European Union Parliament, the Franco-German duo's decisive action and inspiring oratory will drive back the anti-EU parties that are gaining ground in so many European countries.
November 17, 2013 | Guardian (UK)

2014 Is Not 1914, But Europe Is Getting Increasingly Angry and Nationalist

Timothy Garton Ash: While Germany focuses on forging a government, populist anti-EU parties look set to do well at next year's elections
October 31, 2013 | Guardian (UK)

Whether It's Hacking or the NSA, Some of Us Don't Accept That Privacy is Dead

Timothy Garton Ash: The common threat here is a massive, digitally enabled erosion of the individual citizen's private life
October 15, 2013 | Guardian (UK)

Americans Need to Discover How the World Sees Them

Timothy Garton Ash: There's little awareness of how the budget crisis has eroded US credibility. It's time for a reverse Christopher Columbus
September 25, 2013 | Guardian (UK)

With Angela Merkel's Germany at the Helm, Europe Will Remain a Tortoise

Timothy Garton Ash: Don't expect much more from Merkel and Brussels – but the US and Chinese competition has problems too
September 11, 2013 | Guardian (UK)

This Crisis Resolves Little in Syria But Says A lot About the United States

Timothy Garton Ash: The nation is sick and tired of foreign wars, and may never play its role of global anchor again. We may live to regret it
July 25, 2013 | Guardian (UK)

All We Can Do For Syria Now is Donate to the Relief Effort

Timothy Garton Ash: Politics is blocked – a solution to the cause of the crisis is not likely any time soon. But we can at least treat the symptoms
April 25, 2013 | Guardian (UK)

We Gimpse in Syria The Ghost of Wars to Come

March 29, 2013 | Los Angeles Times

Unmaking Europe

February 11, 2013 | Guardian (UK)

Is There a Doctor in The House?

November 8, 2012 | Los Angeles Times

China's Next Hurdle

September 1, 2012 | New York Times

Can Europe Survive the Rise of the Rest?

August 21, 2012 | Foreign Affairs

The Crisis of Europe

April 25, 2012 | Guardian (UK)

This Chinese blockbuster thriller might end in reform

Universal fascination with the Bo Xilai scandal is mixed with a few cautious hopes for political change...
February 15, 2012 | Guardian (UK)

Why Barack Obama and Xi Jinping need an Australian retreat with Kevin Rudd

This century's greatest power rivals need to have a frank, strategic talk about the terms of international order...
February 8, 2012 | Guardian (UK)

Angela Merkel needs all the help she can get

Few had anticipated the leadership dilemmas of a European Germany in a German Europe...
February 1, 2012 | Guardian (UK)

Just like Scotland, Britain needs its referendum too

David Cameron wants devo max for Britain in Europe. His fear of direct democracy will land us with the worst of both worlds...
January 25, 2012 | Guardian (UK)

Fear may well save the euro. Now for the politics of hope

We must recognise that stability of the eurozone is no substitute for the larger project it was designed to usher in...
January 18, 2012 | Guardian (UK)

In France, genocide has become a political brickbat

Next week's bill on denial of Ottoman atrocities against Armenians is an attack on free speech, one of many around the world...
December 21, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Cameron and co are deluded – it's cold on Europe's margins

I fear my nightmare about England's direction may come true. In 10 years we'll beg the French (and Scots) to let us back in...
December 18, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Václav Havel: director of a play that changed history

The former president of the Czech Republic was the epitome of a dissident because he persisted in his struggle, patiently, non-violently, with dignity and wit...
December 9, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

David Cameron's 'no' is bad for Britain and for Europe

The EU will never be the same again. Britain has become more Swiss, but most of Europe's gone German...
December 7, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

The eurozone crisis: a terrifying race to become a diminished world power

To see off the bond markets, the eurozone has to create a credible sovereign – but that may divide the larger EU...
November 30, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Dr Saif Gaddafi's LSE thesis makes a case for the action that crushed him

Libya is a case of intervention justified by specific circumstances. Go beyond that, and you have a disaster like Iraq...
November 23, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

We must be free and able to defend private lives against tabloid tyranny

The Leveson inquiry has shown the ravages of an unchecked media. Alas, privacy cannot be trusted solely to self-regulation...
November 16, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

If David Cameron has a British vision for Europe, let him tell us what it is

Angela Merkel's clear plan for closer union will not appeal to all, but there is no substance to the British government's alternative...
November 9, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Germany's rendezvous with history will also put Cameron on the rack

If the eurozone is saved, it will be on German terms. Britain needs to take its partners' concerns more seriously...
November 2, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Those who profited on the road to financial crisis can compensate now. Get giving

Charity is no substitute for systemic reform, but it can help a lot in the meantime. And bankers have a moral debt to pay...
October 19, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

As Poland shines, Ukraine sinks. Yet both their trajectories can be changed

While the EU is right to react firmly to the show trial of Tymoshenko, it shouldn't see history as a reason to give up on Kiev...
October 12, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Those gloating at the eurozone's plight should be careful what they wish for

Monetary union, with an ailing south, may have been a bridge too far. But imagine the disintegrated Europe of sceptic dreams...
September 7, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

The years since 9/11 already look like a detour, not the main road of history

The defining feature of world politics in the long term will not be Islamist terrorism, but the shift in power from west to east...
July 29, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

The internet nourished Norway's killer, but censorship would be folly

A poisonous ideology, spread by all kinds of media, fed the ramblings of Anders Breivik. It must not be left unanswered...
August 3, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Facing gridlock and hysteria, the US may yet be reformed

An ambitious plan to nominate a non-partisan, centrist candidate for the White House shows the can-do spirit is still alive...
August 3, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Facing gridlock and hysteria, the US may yet be reformed

An ambitious plan to nominate a non-partisan, centrist candidate for the White House shows the can-do spirit is still alive...
July 20, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Debt crisis: In our competitive decadence, we face eurogeddon and dollargeddon

There are profound reasons why the twin giants of the liberal democratic west are both on the edge of default...
July 20, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Debt crisis: In our competitive decadence, we face eurogeddon and dollargeddon

There are profound reasons why the twin giants of the liberal democratic west are both on the edge of default...
July 13, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Phone-hacking scandal: Britain should seize this chance to break the culture of fear at its heart

From the putrid quagmire of the hacking scandal must emerge a new settlement between politics, media and the law...
July 6, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

The Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair shines a troubling light on French society – and US justice

The DSK drama unfolding in New York was unforgettable. Powerful men everywhere have been put on notice...
July 6, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

The Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair shines a troubling light on French society – and US justice

The DSK drama unfolding in New York was unforgettable. Powerful men everywhere have been put on notice...
June 29, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

The new Rome is not the new Greece yet, but the US must look to its laurels

It's encouraging to see Americans acknowledge the hole they are in. Pity they can't agree how to get out of it...
June 22, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Europe's crisis is China's opportunity

Economically, it is already a dynamic giant. Militarily, it is becoming one. Politically? Ah, that's another story...
April 28, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Should a democracy have a King Wills and Queen Kate? You can do worse

A monarchy is hard to justify in democratic theory, but would you rather have President Blair in Buck House...?
April 7, 2011 | Los Angeles Times

Behind France's burka ban

What harm comes to society from women with their faces covered...?
April 7, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Believe in liberty, equality, fraternity? This time, don't follow the French

There are deep failures of civic liberal integration across Europe, but a burqa ban is the wrong way to address them...
March 30, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

WikiLeaks has altered the leaking game for good. Secrets must be fewer, but better kept

For whistleblowers, government and press, the age of digileaks cries out for new rules on what to hide – and reveal...
March 16, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Germany can show reborn Arab nations the art of overcoming a difficult past

The purges and trials of Nazis and the opening of Stasi files have lessons for Arab countries struggling out of dictatorship...
March 9, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

At 150, Italy gives the lie to the stories we tell the world about Europe

There are eight uncomfortable truths that Berlusconi's kingdom reveals about an ancient and modern European project...
March 3, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

Libya's escalating drama reopens the case for liberal intervention

Iraq gave it a bad name. Blair nearly killed it. But there are responsible versions of a much abused doctrine...
February 23, 2011 | Guardian (UK)

This tortured Polish-Russian story is something we can all learn from

The fog of controversy around the death of a Polish president threatens to engulf a promising new beginning...
December 15, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Technology lets us peer inside the Burmese cage, but not unlock its door

To talk via video link to Aung San Suu Kyi was inspiring. Yet liberation is unlikely for Burma if its neighbours will not act...
December 8, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

The foreign correspondent is dead. Long live the foreign correspondent

The de luxe life satirised in Evelyn Waugh's Scoop has gone for good, but we can still preserve the best of a necessary craft...
December 1, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Lords reform: Britain needs a better upper house – and not just a second Commons

Packing the Lords with donors and cronies is a disgrace. Reform must keep the good, but strip away the bad and ugly...
November 28, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

US embassy cables: A banquet of secrets

A diplomat's nightmare is a historian's dream – a feast of data that deepens our understanding...
November 18, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Step up, India

The world's largest democracy and Asian regional power must put aside short-term interests and embrace its principles to help a nonviolent, democratic movement succeed in Burma...
November 3, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

We feel the absence of Germany's shoulder at the European wheel

This country has remade itself as open, liberal and economically ingenious. And the rest of Europe still needs it...
October 27, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

To judge Britain's experiment, hold your breath and ignore the slogans

An economic gamble, yes. But our cut-back state will still end up as something between Sweden and America...
October 20, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

In its rows about Islam, the US must avoid catching a European disease

The planned Islamic centre is not at Ground Zero, nor is the nearby strip club. It's un-American to take such offense...
October 14, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Post-Peace Prize

As the West applauds Liu Xiaobo's Nobel, China sees another attempt to impose Western values on it...
October 7, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Enjoy the film. Then try Facebook's real challenge: restoring your privacy

New technologies allow firms and governments to crawl all over our private lives. They also empower us to fight back...
September 29, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

US politics is angry, polarised, and gridlocked. Can it be reformed?

Washington moves at the pace of Brezhnev's Soviet Union. It needs to be more like Silicon Valley if it is to compete with China...
July 21, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Obama must wish he were Cameron. You reach out and get things done

A growing centre ground is not reflected in the strident partisanship of Congress and the media. The US is the loser...
July 14, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Britain has spent 50 years hunting in vain for its role. Change the question

As global power shifts and public spending is slashed, we do need to debate our foreign policy – but on the right terms...
July 7, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Our universities face a funding crisis. To survive, they must learn from the US

To cope with the cuts we need a new model of funding, but one which ensures that poorer students are not excluded...
June 30, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Why we need the Liberals in British politics – and by their proper name

The Lib Dems are being smothered in Cameron's skillful embrace. They must explain exactly who and what they are...
June 23, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Listen to these financial Wizards of Oz and prepare for another disaster

Our mighty bond markets, feared but also fearful, are in danger of triggering the very crisis they wish to avert...
June 10, 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Don't forget the Iranians who have gone up against the regime

Their opposition to the Islamist regime must be remembered —a new book, film and report can help...

June 9, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Iran's tortured Green movement is down but not out. We can still help

One harrowing year since the stolen election, the people of Iran need the world's attention to go beyond the nuclear issue...

June 2, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

In a Viking paradise, Eurosceptic and egalitarian dreams alike seem true

Who wouldn't want to be in a successful, well-run country like Norway? But beware false analogies and fantasy projections...

May 19, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Europe is sleepwalking to decline. We need a Churchill to wake it up

Our leaders are peddling delusions. The eurozone has not been saved, the EU has no foreign policy, and others are making history...

May 12, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

From awkward coalition to a new politics

If all goes well with this strange partnership, Britain's step into the unknown may lead to vital political and constitutional change...

May 5, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

This can be the election to change all elections. Vote Lib Dem to make it so

Ignore siren calls for tactical voting. Keep head and heart together, and we will compel the change we need...

May 3, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Election 2010: Economic reality hits home at last

The Institute for Fiscal Studies showed that politicians were being coy about cuts. But voters want the truth...

April 28, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

British politicians will need to act more like the Germans – only faster

If there is no clear winner two parties must rapidly agree voting reform and spending cuts. The bond market sharks are circling...

April 21, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Media mud thrown at Clegg won't stick

It's odd the Mail and Telegraph think readers will be put off by Clegg's class. They may not even mind his being pro-Europe...

April 16, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

TV debate woke us up to devolution

As England starts to realise the amount of power devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Britain will change.

April 14, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

The choice this election is three brands of implausible

All parties herald a new politics. None will deliver it alone. The makeup of the next parliament matters more than ever.

April 12, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

A glimmer in Poland's darkness

This second Katyn offers a message of hope for a country that has won its place as a free fatherland.

April 7, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

The Tories can't muzzle election talk of Europe

Speaking to the three would-be foreign secretaries you find plenty of common ground, except on the thing that matters most.

March 31, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Berlin has cut the motor, but now Europe is stalled

On Saturday Helmut Kohl, the "chancellor of German unity", will turn 80. To mark the occasion the chancellor, Angela Merkel, and many others in Germany will deliver nice tributes to old king Kohl. . . .

March 24, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Beyond Google's clash with China, we must find rules for a global village

Google versus China is a defining story of our time. . . .

March 17, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

A messiah can't do it. To reshape the world, the US must first reform itself

When was the last time you heard anyone enthusing about Barack Obama's foreign policy? . . .

March 10, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Bearing witness is a sacred trust

Every writer of reportage ought to learn from the Kapuscinski controversy. . . .

March 3, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Don't be afraid of a hung parliament

British voters must not be intimidated by an unholy alliance of currency traders and the Daily Mail. . . .

February 24, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

The agonies of the eurozone reflect a far more significant hidden deficit

The spirit that once led Europeans into union has vanished, just as we now face the euro's widely predicted flaws. . . .

February 17, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

We need judges to investigate our spies, not spies to berate our judges

To keep us safe and free, a new government must set up a judicial inquiry into the entanglements of our secret services. . . .

February 10, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

The sight of Ukraine's lumpen victor should stir the EU's own into action

Yanukovych's election is a startling historical turn, but the country can still have a more prosperous, free and European future . . . .

February 3, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Nuclear arms will soon proliferate. So here's a plan to scrap them all

The tipping point is close when every country will want to be another nuclear France. . . .

January 27, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

We Googlistas want a global debate on information freedom.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that everyone has the right "to seek, receive and impart ­information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers". . . .

January 20, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

If Britain wants change that counts, there's an election it can vote in today

Ideological differences between the parties are hugely exaggerated. . . .

January 13, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

Media-savvy designer Islamists must not distract us from the real danger

From Denmark to Detroit the threat of violence is ever present. . . .

January 6, 2010 | Guardian (UK)

These protests should shame the west into a change of policy on Iran

While the west has been on holiday, Iranians have again risked their lives to protest against an increasingly desperate, oppressive regime. . . .

December 30, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

As threats multiply and power fragments, the coming decade cries out for realistic idealism

An Islamist terrorist caught trying to crash a plane over Detroit creates a flash of illusory clarity. . . .

December 17, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

This parody of the nanny state helps neither children nor adults

A new agency is to vet one citizen in four to see if we are abusers. . . .

December 9, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Sarkozy is half right: all Europeans must understand the Swiss mistake

What really matters is not minarets, but that we all, Muslims included, commit to the essentials of a free society. . . .

December 2, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Obama has charted an Afghan course. Britain must lead the way on Pakistan

European states should not simply make foreign policy in reaction to Washington, but look to our own vital interests. . . .

November 25, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

With this timid choice of leaders, the EU may have the faces it deserves

The holders of the new top jobs can perfectly represent a Europe that does not dare to project its values as a continent. . . .

November 18, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Obama's Beijing balancing act points to the new challenge for the west

There needs to be a real conversation about competing values. . . .

November 11, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Europe's next chapter starts now. It rests on looking beyond our borders

Monday's celebration in Berlin was a brilliant closure. The opening of a European foreign policy looks more shaky. . . .

November 9, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Berlin's moment of freedom that turned world history

"Twenty eight years and 91 days!" said the elated east Berliner I met walking up the Friedrichstrasse soon after the wall was breached. . . .

November 4, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

1989 changed the world. But where now for Europe?

Year of revolutions: Mired in the narcissism of minor difference, Europe is failing to face up to the world its revolution helped to create...

October 28, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

This EU job is no presidency. It will rely on another. And it won't be Blair

Now the European Union is damned if it doesn't and damned if it does...

October 21, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Britain fluffed the German question. Now Britain is Europe's great puzzle

History comes back to haunt us...

November 5, 2009 | New York Review of Books


Unsurprisingly, the twentieth anniversary of 1989 has added to an already groaning shelf of books on the year that ended the short twentieth century...

October 14, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Back to the same old Ukania, with a muddle in place of a constitution

Whatever happened to Britain's constitutional moment?...

October 7, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

The US has lost its focus on Europe. It's up to us to get our act together

Barack Obama is the most European president of the United States that there has ever been...

September 30, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Europe must decide if it wants to be more than Greater Switzerland

Once upon a time, and a very bad time it was, the world trembled when Germany spoke...

September 23, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

We can't decide Iran's struggle. But we can avoid backing the wrong side

Let's get this straight: the people who will change Iran for the better are the Iranians...

September 16, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

California's golden dream has turned sour. Only a great reform can revive it

'A golden dream by the sea" is how Arnold Schwarzenegger described California, when he was inaugurated as the state's governor six years ago...

September 9, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Another fine speech will not be enough

"Change – I'd like mine back"...

July 29, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Cameron may have helped the Polish right, but he has not served Britain

The farce of David Cameron's Latvian legion becomes more ridiculous by the day...

July 22, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

With the passing of the last wartime Europeans, history's time has come

The last year has seen the death of three extraordinary European thinkers who engaged deeply with the public life of their time...

July 8, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Only a new duet of parliament and people can bring the change we need

Unless I've missed something, Britain has not just emerged from a war, revolution or declaration of independence...

June 10, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

The farce of Cameron's Latvian legion is bad for Britain and bad for Europe

How would you describe a British politician who prefers getting acquainted with the finer points of the history of the Waffen-SS in Latvia to maximising British influence with Barack Obama?...

June 3, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Twenty years after a victory and a defeat, time for a progress report

Someone should institute an annual 4 June review of the Chinese, European and American models...

May 27, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

If this great reform is to be durable, we need to pin our politicians down

We, the people, need to make sure that this awakening of "new politics" doesn't end up like the last...

May 20, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Make your revolution at a round table, but add a truth commission

As a piece of carpentry, this table is nothing to write home about...

May 13, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

We need a European foreign policy. Improbable? Yes. Impossible? No

Fly-over country...

May 6, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

This epochal crisis requires us to resolve the paradox of capitalism

At work, we're told to be diligent and disciplined; elsewhere, hedonistic and self-indulgent...

April 29, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Europe's future depends on voters. But not on the European elections

The other day I heard a pro-European British politician say the most extraordinary thing...

April 22, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Britain's police have gone astray. Let them get back to their proper job

There are two kinds of country: those in which ordinary, decent people are afraid of criminals but trust the police, and those in which ordinary, decent people are afraid of criminals and of the police...

April 16, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

We are getting less foreign news at the very moment we need more

One complaint I heard during a recent stay in China is that western media give a distorted picture of what's happening there...

April 9, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Confucius can speak to us still - and not just about China

There is a simplistic way to read this renaissance of an ancient tradition...

April 2, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

China arrives as a world power today - and we should welcome it

Today - 2 April 2009 - may yet be marked as the day on which, through the catalysis of a global economic crisis, China definitively emerged as a 21st-century world power...

March 26, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

The G20 summit in London will be missing one great power. Guess who?

When President Barack Obama comes to London next week, he will find one great power missing at the world's summit table: Europe...

February 26, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Europe is torn between essential solidarity and national egoism

Everything is being stress-tested in this crisis...

February 19, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Liberty in Britain is facing death by a thousand cuts. We can fight back

For 30 years I have been travelling to unfree places, from East Germany to Burma, and writing about them in the belief that I was coming from one of the freest countries in the world...

January 24, 2009 | New York Times

A Liberal Translation

GOVERNMENT and markets both have their place in a decent society, President Obama suggested in his Inaugural Address, but can become a force for ill if they are without restraint...

January 15, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

If Obama and Khamenei want to get along, they should start watching TV

At five minutes to five yesterday afternoon, Tehran time, Iranian television viewers finally got the channel they have been asking for...

January 8, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

Europe is failing two life and death tests. We must act together, now

Weak, divided, incoherent, hypocritical and infuriating - that's how you hear the EU described privately in Beijing and Washington...

January 1, 2009 | Guardian (UK)

2009 brings hard choices over the future of capitalism

Happy new year? You must be joking...

December 18, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

On an auspicious anniversary, here are four keys to China's peaceful rise

As we mark the 30th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's launching the country's world-changing economic reforms, I want to address the $65 quadrillion question of China's peaceful rise...

December 11, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

What Britain still has in spades is cultural power. Let's cultivate it

Across the world, people who have never heard of our leaders dote on our footballers, and the SAS is outshone by Quidditch...

December 4, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

China's economic success may soon bring trouble. It would be ours too

The country's reformers seek incremental political changes to complement its gobsmacking growth...

November 20, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Here, you can feel the power shift. But we all wrestle with the same problems

Kangaroos, I read in the South China Morning Post, originally came from China...

November 13, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Obama must show the way to a goal set by Russell, Einstein - and Reagan

As he embarks on the uphill struggle to translate dreams into realities, one strategic goal President-elect Barack Obama should embrace on his inauguration day is that of a world freed from the threat of nuclear weapons...

November 6, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

I saw Americans dance with history, chanting 'Yes we can!' But can they?

To join that ebullient crowd in front of the White House shortly after midnight on Tuesday November 4 2008 was to dance with history...

October 30, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Even in the rural heartland, Obama has sparked an explosive conversation

In Warsaw, Missouri, there's a ghost who keeps talking to me through the mouths of strangers...

October 16, 2008 | San Francisco Chronicle

The world's election

From my observation perch in Stanford, and as an English European turned 24/7-cable news-Webcast junkie, I notice that many Americans still suffer from a touching delusion that this is their election...

October 16, 2008 | Los Angeles Times

Forget 'memory laws'

Among the ways in which freedom is being chipped away in Europe, one of the less obvious is the legislation of memory...

October 2, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

The US democratic-capitalist model is on trial. No schadenfreude, please

As Meltdown Monday (September 29) follows Meltdown Monday (September 15), the mountain of American capitalism is changing shape before our eyes...

September 25, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

The time has come for a final report on the 43rd president of the US

As the two men who would succeed him train like Olympic athletes for tomorrow's foreign policy debate, pause for a moment to complete your final report on the 43rd president of the United States...

September 18, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

America is gripped by the politics of fear. Bad news for the prophet of hope

Even before Meltdown Monday, I was going to write about the politics of fear...

September 4, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Only a combination of deterrence and detente can meet this challenge

As you read this, another corner of Europe has been ethnically cleansed...

July 3, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Crusading is not the answer, but nor is pulling up the drawbridge

Next week, a bunch of political leaders will sit around a table at the G8 summit in Toyako, Japan, contemplating the state of the world...

June 26, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

We don't need guns to help the people pitch Mugabe from his perch

Whether you believe in him or not, it's time to give God a helping hand...

June 19, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Instead of bullying the Irish, Europe should be working on plan D - and E

After the Irish "no" vote, the question Europe faces is: does Germany really want to remain in this European Union?...

June 12, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

This risks strangling freedom without any security gain

Today was a bad one for both liberty and ­democracy in Britain...

June 5, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Obama is Europe's dream candidate, but we may have to settle for McSame

To say that Europeans will welcome President George Bush on his farewell visit to Europe next week would invite a charge of verb-abuse...

May 29, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Can we have world-class universities as well as social justice in education?

I divide my academic life between two universities, Oxford and Stanford...

May 22, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

We have a responsibility to protect the people of Burma. But how?

This weekend, unless Burma's generals rediscover in their shrivelled souls some remnant of human decency, there will take place in the Irrawaddy delta one of the most grotesque events in the political history of the modern world...

May 15, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Poland is overtaking Britain on the road to Europe - and to the euro

In Krakow, Poland's Oxford, the Brits don't have a good reputation...

May 8, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

This tale of two revolutions and two anniversaries may yet have a twist

During the Velvet revolution of 1989 I spied an improvised poster in a Prague shop window...

April 17, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

We need a benign European hydra to advance the cause of democracy

Berlusconi does it again...

April 10, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Intimidation and censorship are no answer to this inflammatory film

At the time of this writing, the dissemination on the worldwide web of the deliberately provocative anti-Islam film Fitna, made by the Dutch populist MP Geert Wilders, has not provoked violent protest on the scale of the Rushdie affair or the Danish cartoons...

March 27, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

A historic compromise with France is exactly what Britain needs

France and Britain can plausibly claim to have the longest-running national rivalry in the history of the world....

March 27, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

A historic compromise with France is exactly what Britain needs

France and Britain can plausibly claim to have the longest-running national rivalry in the history of the world....

March 20, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Free countries must defy Chinese blackmail and greet the Dalai Lama

Gordon Brown yesterday promised to meet the Dalai Lama when he comes to Britain in May...

March 13, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

No cant, please, we're British. But we do need a better sense of citizenship

I am glad to be a British citizen...

February 28, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Russia has run rings round the west. A united Europe must stand up to it

This presidential election is such a cliffhanger...

February 21, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

This dependent independence is the least worst solution for Kosovo

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands that have connected them with another ...

February 14, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

To strengthen Miliband's case for democracy, drop Iraq, add Europe

This week David Miliband gave an excellent speech explaining why the promotion of democracy is too important a business to be left to American neocons...

February 7, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

A triple whammy of soft power sees the world in thrall to Super Tuesday

In the early 21st century, American presidential elections have become the political equivalent of the football World Cup...

January 31, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Our state collects more data than the Stasi ever did. We need to fight back

This has got to stop...

January 24, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

One practical way to improve the state of the world: turn G8 into G14

Wherever you turn in Davos, you see the World Economic Forum's modest motto: "Committed to improving the state of the world..."

January 17, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

There are great national anthems - now we need an international one

Placido Domingo was supposed to stand up in Madrid next Monday and sing some proposed new words for the Spanish national anthem...

January 10, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

While America votes, Europe cannot sleep. The to-do list looks like this

Everyone knows what the United States will be up to this year: electing a new president...

January 3, 2008 | Guardian (UK)

Who should be the world's most powerful person?

Who do you want to be the most powerful person in the world?

December 20, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Britain's national security strategy must emphasise prevention abroad

Is flooding the new terrorism?

December 13, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

This treaty is a mess, but it will free Europe to do more important things

When the leaders of the European Union (except for the curmudgeonly latecomer Gordon Brown) gather this morning at Lisbon's Jerónimos monastery, to sign what was once intended to be a European constitution, they will be congregating in a glorious building in Portugal's distinctive Manueline style, they will be welcomed by a prime minister called Socrates, and they will be endorsing a dog's dinner...

December 6, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

The best answer for Kosovo is EU membership - and for Serbia too

Some time in the next decade, two European countries will become members of the European Union...

November 29, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

What does a free society require of believers and non-believers alike?

A great debate of our time concerns how people with different religions, ethnicities and values can live together as full citizens of free societies...

November 22, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

In identifying those trying to kill us, we should choose our words carefully

What should we call the people who want to kill us?

November 15, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

The threat from terrorism does not justify slicing away our freedoms

Smiley swirled the last of the brandy in his balloon glass and muttered: "We've given up far too many freedoms in order to be free. Now we've got to take them back..."

November 8, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

The Path of the Fallen Wall is Hard to Find, but a Powerful Example Lives on

Memories of the day have faded and capitalism has triumphed, but the event endures as a model of non-violent resistance...

November 1, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Facing disaster in Iran, Europe must finally make the hard choices

Europe is slouching towards another foreign policy disaster on the scale of Iraq...

October 25, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

If our political parties did not exist, would we ever need to invent them?

Every so often, just when you're getting tired of it, you are reminded what a wonderful thing democracy is...

October 18, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Never mind the treaty squabbles. Europe's real problem is Babel

The chief lesson of a unique polling project is that the EU's greatest worry is not Brussels - it's 23 different languages...

October 11, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Five good reasons not to have a referendum - and one very bad one

It's Groundhog Day in Britain's European debate...

October 4, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

The Tories' vision for a brave new world is built on a confidence trick

In the Cameron Con, aka the Hague Hoax, they bash the very Europe they will depend on to achieve their goals...

September 27, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Only Burma's neighbours can stop its dictators beating up the Buddha

There is frustratingly little Europe and the US can do to halt the unfolding tragedy...

September 20, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

We must weigh the moral cost of withdrawal from Basra and Baghdad

This week General David Petraeus and ambassador Ryan Crocker have been in London, trying to persuade Britain not to pull all its troops out of Iraq...

September 13, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Wake up, the invisible front line runs right through your back yard

To return from the United States to Europe is to travel from a country that thinks it is on the front line of the struggle against jihadist terrorism, but is not, to a continent which is on the front line but still has not fully woken up to the fact...

September 6, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Iraq's government has failed, but America's isn't doing so well either

Even supporters of the Bush administration criticise its incompetence and the dysfunctional political system behind it...

July 19, 2007 | Los Angeles Times

Iraq hasn't even begun

Iraq is over. Iraq has not yet begun. These are two conclusions from the American debate about Iraq....

July 19, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

America is just starting to wake up to the awesome scale of its Iraq disaster

The American public has decided that its boys should come home, but the ghosts of Baghdad will return with them...

July 12, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

In Brazil I glimpsed a possible future in which there is only one race

Some time ago, Brazil's census takers asked people to describe their skin colour....

July 5, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Since terrorism is not the only threat, our leaders must learn to multi-task

Picture a man who is patiently and quietly enduring a rather painful medical procedure...

June 28, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

In these cities of no God, democracy is mocked by poverty and inequality

Liberal democracy can't flourish where rookie drug dealers earn more than teachers and the poor are treated like dirt...

June 24, 2007 | Los Angeles Times

Sir Salman's plight

Salman Rushdie, with a little help from her majesty, has again clarified the battle lines on which we stand...

June 21, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Unless Europe gets its act together, the world will continue to ignore it

It's delightfully easy to follow the development of the European Union through the American media...

June 14, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Faced with the tragedy of Iraq, the US must rethink its whole foreign policy

You think you've reached bottom, then you hear knocking from underneath...

June 7, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

There's one thing the US presidential contenders all have in common: God

With 17 months to go, the 2008 race is already well under way, and the first signs are of a resentful, defensive America...

May 31, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Fortress America's gatekeepers need to remember: first impressions count

The US tightening of entry requirements is understandable, but it must not be at the cost of its welcoming reputation...

May 24, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Poland has made a humiliating farce out of dealing with its red ghosts

From Northern Ireland to Rwanda, and from Kosovo to East Timor, people face the problem of how to deal with a difficult past...

May 17, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

It's the trial of the year: the national interest v Murdoch and Dacre

The trial of the year is about to begin - the national interest versus Rupert Murdoch and Paul Dacre...

May 10, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Brown must learn the lessons from Blair's three big mistakes

All political careers end in failure, but it is not always the same failure...

May 3, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Independence for Scotland would not be good for England

As an Englishman, I've been trying to work out what I think about Scottish independence...

April 26, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Like it or loathe it, after 10 years Blair knows exactly what he stands for

Sitting in the Downing Street garden, I ask him what is the essence of Blairism in foreign policy. 'Liberal interventionism...'

April 19, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

A sick France means a sick Europe - and that must be bad for Britain

Just as Blair is leaving the stage, a kind of Blairism could prevail across the channel...

April 5, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Europe's shape must not be dictated by unelected newspaper proprietors

A new treaty and a fresh understanding of its relationship to the rest of the world will render the EU fit for purpose again...

March 29, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Faced with Iranian blackmail, Europe must show real solidarity

Last week, while the European Union celebrated 50 years of peace, freedom and solidarity, 15 Europeans were kidnapped from Iraqi territorial waters by Iranian Revolutionary Guards...

March 22, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Europe needs a bold new story - and to invent new ways to tell it

If Europe were a person, he'd send her to a psychologist...

March 15, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

We are making a fatal mistake by ignoring the dissidents within Islam

Are there credible versions of Islam that are compatible with liberal democracy as it has developed in the west?

March 8, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

The brotherhood is gathering outside the pharaoh's palace

In front of the towering golden sandstone entrance to the temple of Edfu stands an imposing granite statue of a falcon, some 12ft tall, representing Horus, a premier league Egyptian god...

March 1, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Condi's rock'n'roll approach has been and gone. Let's try Benita's slow waltz

In Egypt the US has retreated from its push for democracy in the Arab world. Europe should step into the breach...

February 22, 2007 | Los Angeles Times

Will capitalism fall victim to its own success?

Karl Marx's solutions haven't worked, but he was right about the global reach and potential unsustainability of capitalism...

February 15, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Why Kosovo should become the 33rd member - and Serbia the 34th

After going through hell, the former Serbian province is in limbo...

February 8, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

We must stop Bush bombing Iran, and stop Iran getting the bomb

We should not bomb Iran to prevent Iran getting the bomb...

February 1, 2007 | Prospect Magazine (UK)

Europe's true stories

Europe has lost the plot...

February 1, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

The demagogic cliches of right and left can only make things worse

Beyond boo-words like multiculturalism, the reality is that young British Muslims are deeply alienated...

January 25, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Davos 07: how power has shifted

If you want to see the world as a whole, the best view is from the moon...

January 18, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

A blanket ban on Holocaust denial would be a serious mistake

The German justice minister has proposed that all EU states should criminalise Holocaust denial and ban the public display of Nazi insignia, as Germany itself does...

January 11, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

The tale of the archbishop and the spies has lessons for us all

In recent years, the rightwing Catholic twins who run Poland have advanced two articles of political faith: first, that the strength and moral integrity of the Polish nation is built upon the rock of the Polish Catholic church; and, second, that the weakness and corruption of Polish public life results from the failure to cleanse it of former collaborators with the communist regime...

January 4, 2007 | Guardian (UK)

Today's European Union is 27 states in search of a story

On New Year's Day, the silent empire expanded again...

December 28, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Reality strikes back, but let's not have too much realism

In world politics, 2007 may be the year of realism...

December 21, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

It is possible to respect the believers but not the belief

Last weekend I went and sang a lot of words that I don't believe...

December 14, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Bush has created a comprehensive catastrophe across the Middle East

What an amazing bloody catastrophe...

December 7, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

The BBC is worth every penny, but this elephant must tread carefully

In the next few weeks, the government will decide how much British viewers will pay for the BBC over the next seven years...

November 30, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

The voters must decide if they want world-class research universities

Sitting with my academic colleagues in the gilded discomfort of Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre earlier this week, discussing the future governance of England's oldest university, I thought of GK Chesterton's remark that tradition is the democracy of the dead...

November 23, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

There must be plain speaking at the end of the red carpet

Tony, jagshemash...

November 16, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Here are two signs of hope for the world's secret superpower

You may not realise it, but you are at this moment looking at a weapon more powerful than most in the possession of the US army...

November 9, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

This marks the beginning of an end - and the end of a beginning

Tuesday November 7 2006 marks the beginning of an end and the end of a beginning...

November 2, 2006 | Los Angeles Times

Stop calling it the 'war on terror'

Whether or not a formal post-mortem into the Iraq war is launched by a newly Democrat-controlled Congress after Tuesday's midterm elections, no one doubts that this has been a war, one without end...

October 26, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

If we miss this last chance, then our soldiers will have died in vain

They died in vain...

October 19, 2006 | Los Angeles Times

The Right to Deny Genocide

What a magnificent blow for truth, justice and humanity the French National Assembly has struck…

October 12, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

If someone freely chooses to wear a niqab, what skin is it off your nose?

I have been meaning for some time to write a column in defence of the hijab, on the same grounds on which I defended free speech last week...

October 5, 2006 | Los Angeles Times

Censoring Ourselves Is No Way to Fight Terrorism

Almost every day brings a new threat to free expression...

September 28, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Let's bolster this subterranean shift in US foreign policy while we can

Here in Washington, five years after George Bush launched his "global war on terror" in response to the 9/11 attacks, I sense one of those subtle subterranean movements that may presage a significant shift in American foreign policy...

August 10, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

What young British Muslims say can be shocking - some of it is also true

For anyone who has hoped and believed, as I have, that the British way of integrating Muslim citizens is more promising than the French one, the last year has been discouraging…

August 3, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

A little democracy is a dangerous thing - so let's have more of it

A central claim of the Bush administration's foreign policy is that the spread of democracy in the Middle East is the cure for terrorism…

July 28, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

New world disorder

Welcome to the world's new multipolar disorder…

July 27, 2006 | Los Angeles Times

Middle East War: Made in Europe

When and where did this war begin…

July 13, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Mugged by the blogosphere - or how to find nuggets in a cyberswamp

It's taken me nearly a week to read all 353 comments posted on the Guardian blog in response to my column last week about cheese-eating surrender monkeys and fire-eating war junkies…

July 10, 2006 | Financial Times

Europe must not trade its principles for Russian gas

On the eve of the summit of the Group of Eight industrialised nations, which opens this week in St Petersburg, Europeans are faced with a delicate balancing act in their policy towards Russia…

July 7, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

On the wrong continent

Driving through Toronto last week I saw a shiny black 4x4 with an English flag sticking out of one side window and a German flag out of the other…

July 6, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Between cheese-eating surrender monkeys and fire-eating war junkies

Having just returned to America after a year's absence, I'm pondering this question …

June 29, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

I've found a perfect new member for the EU. If only it were in Europe

Driving through Toronto earlier this week I saw a shiny black 4x4 with an English flag sticking out of one side window and a German flag out of the other…

June 22, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

There is some corner of a Spanish field that is for ever Beckham

I want England to win the World Cup…

June 15, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Remember Asia's Nelson Mandela: a political act of the first importance

Next Monday is the 61st birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Prize winner…

June 8, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Despair turns to fury, but it's not too late to end France's war with itself

Last Sunday I watched France playing football…

June 1, 2006 | Los Angeles Times

European trivia quiz

Well, it depends on what you mean by Europe — and what you mean by a country…

June 1, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Montenegro is back on the map, and it need not become Ruritania

How many countries are there in Europe…

May 25, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Like it or not, Europe is paying the transaction costs of diversity

To be in Florence is to reflect on Europe's intricate diversity - and its lost creativity…

May 18, 2006 | Guardian (UK)

Understanding what drives suicide missions could help make us safer

Finding out why people blow themselves up is not an attempt to excuse their actions but to work out what to do about it

January 22, 2001

Europe—One Number for the New President to Call?

What kind of partner will the resulting EU-rope be for the United States?


December 1, 2010 | Morning Edition (NPR)

Historian Relishes WikiLeaks Cable Dump

Author and historian Timothy Garton Ash says WikiLeaks' release of 250,000 U.S. cables is a diplomats' nightmare and a historians' dream...
October 29, 2010 | Charlie Rose

Timothy Garton Ash on Charlie Rose

October 14, 2010 | World News America (BBC)

Garton Ash: US politics need to change

British political commentator Timothy Garton Ash talks to Katty Kay about the deep divisions in American politics and frustration with the government...
November 16, 2009 | Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty

Timothy Garton Ash: Democracy Still Under Threat 20 Years After Velvet Revolution

In 1989, British writer and Oxford historian Timothy Garton Ash reported on the wave of democratic revolutions that swept Europe, and witnessed some of its key events. . . .

October 4, 2009 | CNN


UN investigator Richard Goldstone on his controversial Gaza report, Colombian President Uribe, and a global panel on Iran...

Other Media

December 3, 2009 | New York Review of Books

Velvet Revolution: The Prospects

In the autumn of 1989, the term "velvet revolution" was coined to describe a peaceful, theatrical, negotiated regime change in a small Central European state that no longer exists. . . .

June 19, 2009 | Spiegel Online (Germany)

'Obama Is Certainly a European'

Oxford historian Timothy Garton Ash discusses the demise of Europe's social democrats, threats to the European Union posed by populist nationalists, the imminent change of government in Great Britain and America's rapid slide to the left...

June 7, 2009 | Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty

For Timothy Garton Ash, Europe Means Shared History

What does it mean to be European, and what is Europe's future?...

May 20, 2009 | Polish Radio - External Service

1989 – 'Poland's gift to the world'

EXCLUSIVE - We interview British historian and journalist Timothy Garton-Ash in the run-up to June’s twentieth anniversary of the first democratic elections in Poland...

May 14, 2009 | NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands)

'There is a tremendous sense of a missed opportunity in the UK'

In the run-up to the European elections, what issues are being debated in the United Kingdom?...

October 11, 2007 | Spiegel Online (Germany)

'A Clear European Voice is Missing in the World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE talks to historian and Oxford professor Timothy Garton Ash about the European Union's weak image in the world, the limits to EU expansion and how Europe should tackle Russia and Iran...

August 16, 2007 | New York Times Book Review

The Road from Danzig

Granted: he was a member of the Waffen-SS...