Gwynne Dyer

Russia goes to war in Syria

Gwynne Dyer discusses Russia's decision to go to war in Syria.

Ukraine: A game of chicken

It is quite possible for soldiers to cross a frontier “by accident on an unmarked section,” and that is how Moscow

Mare Nostrum

The last time “Mare Nostrum”(Latin for “Our Sea”) was used as a political slogan in Italy, Mussolini’s fascists

The United States of Tatooine

“Tatooine” is, you will surely agree, a pretty stupid name for a planet, but there are so many Star Wars fans

The Middle East: New strategic realities

After half a century of stasis, there are big new strategic realities in the Middle East, but people are having trouble

The legacy of the First World War

It was not worth even one life,” said Harry Patch shortly before he died in 2009 at the age of 111.

Middle Eastern Christians: Going, Going…Gone

Two high-profile incidents last week, at opposite ends of the Arab world. In northern Iraq, recently conquered

MH17 – Who Did It? What Next?

Maybe the crew who launched the missile that brought down Malaysian Airlines flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday

Gaza 2014: Patterns keep repeating

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said something cryptic last Friday

The worthless US?

“The Polish-American alliance is worthless, even harmful, as it gives Poland a false sense of security. It's bullshit.”

The young war criminal speaks

Whatever else you may say about the “young war criminal” (as British journalist Alan Watkins used to call former prime minister Tony Blair)

Egypt’s Man of Destiny – For a While

To the vast surprise of absolutely nobody, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi won the Egyptian presidential election last week.

Ukraine: The price Putin will pay

Conducting an orderly retreat is the hardest thing not only in war but also in politics, as Russian President Vladimir Putin

Trouble in the South China Sea

If you were running China, and you wanted to distract your own population from economic woes at home

Putin backs down?

Did he just blink? I think he did.

Israel: The “A” word

Hillary Clinton would never have used the word when she was US Secretary of State, because she still has presidential ambitions.

The Return of the Dictators

“I prefer death to surrender,” said Pakistan’s former military dictator, Pervez Musharraf, on 1 April to the special court

Afghanistan: mission not accomplished

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron rambled a bit on his visit to Afghanistan last December, but ended up

Indian election

An Indian election is a marathon, not a sprint.

A premature history of the Second Cold War

The first mistake of the Ukrainian revolutionaries was to abandon the agreement of 23 February to create a national unity