James Astill

James Astill is the Washington bureau chief and Lexington columnist for The Economist. He is a contributor to Open

Trump Up
Trump Up

The president is vindicated by the Mueller report. But which Democrat will take him on in 2020?

04 April 2019
Cricket stretches from beaches to the streets of St Lucia
A Cricketing Calypso

India’s tour to the Caribbean could produce a great contest in the wake of an unforeseen West Indian renaissance

21 February 2019
The Isolation of Donald Trump
The Isolation of Donald Trump

The braggadocio apart, the American president looks increasingly vulnerable

17 January 2019
Donald Trump
Letter From Washington
The New American Civil War

The president of polarisation and his opponents without a script

21 November 2018
US President Donald Trump
Letter From Washington
Donald Trump: Beware the King of Crazytown

The Donald Trump presidency is pure circus. India should be realistic in its expectations

20 September 2018
Donald Trump
Letter From Washington
Can Trump Be Dumped?

On the first anniversary of his presidency, speculation about the state of Donald Trump’s mental health is leading to some wishful thinking about the chances of removing him

18 January 2018
Crisis, What Crisis?
Crisis, What Crisis?

Donald Trump is unpopular, unsuccessful, the subject of a counter-espionage investigation—and perhaps set fair for re-election

09 November 2017
Donald Trump: ‘I Absolutely Want Talented People Coming In’
Letter From Washington
Donald Trump: ‘I Absolutely Want Talented People Coming In’

Talking trade, China, immigrants and his own presidency with Donald Trump in the Oval Office

18 May 2017
US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter fires a Tomahawk against a target
Letter From Washington
President Trump Fires a Missile

Finally America shows global leadership by launching an air strike on Syria. Still, what’s Donald Trump’s strategic vision?

12 April 2017
Trump speaks to Vladimir Putin over the phone in the presence of his close advisers, January 28th
Letter From Washington
An American Disorder

Five scenarios in case of a Trump trainwreck

22 February 2017


Mehr Tarar

Mehr Tarar is a well-known Pakistani columnist and author

Nanditha Krishna

Nanditha Krishna is a historian, author and environmentalist, and director of the CPR Institute of Indological Research in Chennai

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape, director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is the author of the forthcoming book Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity. Views are personal

Sumantra Bose

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His next book, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism, will be published in early 2018 by Cambridge University Press


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