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Deepak Tripathi is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Answering the Call of Higher Duty: Nelson Mandela and Edward Snowden

Answering the Call of Higher Duty: Nelson Mandela and Edward Snowden

Two individuals who have unquestionably dominated the 2013 agenda are Nelson Mandela and Edward Snowden. …

Egypt’s ‘Democratic’ Coup

Egypt’s ‘Democratic’ Coup

Washington’s response in the aftermath, and the announcement that the United States would go ahead with the supply of F-16 aircraft to the military, suggest that Washington’s priority is to…

Hope Vanquished

Hope Vanquished

The presidency which began with the audacity of hope appears to be heading toward a legacy of spin, deceit and a culture of prurience.…

Iran and the Outside World

Iran and the Outside World

Iran has been an object of desire in the strategic rivalry called the Great Game between the British and Russian imperial powers in Central Asia from the early nineteenth century.…

The Roots of the Middle East Conflict

The Roots of the Middle East Conflict

Power and humiliation are the cause and effect of human behavior. In Imperial Designs, I also discuss interventions by Russia, Britain, and the United States in Iran and the consequent…

The Syrian Riddle

The Syrian Riddle

Persuading those who are ideologically drunk and politically myopic is often a hopeless undertaking.…

David Cameron’s Mission to India

David Cameron’s Mission to India

By the time the British prime minister met his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in Delhi, the deal to sell AgustaWestland helicopters to India seemed to have been scuppered.…

The French-British Intervention in the Sahel

The French-British Intervention in the Sahel

There is a lot to fight for, but there could be a heavy price to pay.…

India and its Moral Crisis

More than anything else today, Indian society is going to be judged by how it treats its women.…

Another Gaza War

It is important to dismiss some fallacies surrounding the recent Gaza war.…

Britain’s Drones

Britain’s Drones

Now we know that not only did the United Kingdom already have drones, but more are coming to join the Royal Air Force for surveillance and combat operations in foreign…

What’s Left?

What’s Left?

Autocratic instincts of capitalism of today mirror those of communism of the days gone by.…

Delusions of Power

Delusions of Power

Great people like Gandhi and Mandela use power to curb power. Barack Obama stands among those who use power to accumulate more of it. …

Revealing the Obvious

The 'leaked' NATO report on the military situation in Afghanistan was largely recycled information, useful for the official leakers and journalists who got the scoop.…

Iran, the Revolution and the Language of War

Iran, the Revolution and the Language of War

A few days ago, I revisited a lecture given by Fred Halliday, FBA, an intellectual giant among scholars of Middle East and Cold War history, at the London School of…

Spring in the Arabian Desert

Spring in the Arabian Desert

Since the outbreak of peaceful protests against President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia in December last year, popular rebellions against authoritarian rule have swept the Arab world. Extraordinary…

America, Iran and an Unashamedly Interventionist Secretary of State

The war is not over yet in Libya after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, and the Obama administration has turned its attention to Iran. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of…

When War Came Home…

When War Came Home…

War came to Britain’s streets this past week in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and other urban centers. The country had seen protests against the Iraq war, cuts in pensions for…

A Million Dollar Question

A Million Dollar Question

When the president of the United States makes a long-awaited statement about matters of war and peace, it is an important moment. President Barack Obama’s announcement on June 22 that…

The Dynamic of Mission Creep in Libya

Some commentators and politicians are describing it as mission creep – a slide into deeper military involvement in Libya, going beyond the original goal, and inviting unpredictable consequences. In simple…

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