James Astill

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

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
Donald Trump campaigns at the airport in Melbourne, Florida, on 27 September
Dented Trump

Hillary Clinton may have a slight advantage now but in its month-long denouement, the US presidential election is too close to call

05 October 2016
Donald Trump at the Republican convention in Cleveland
US Election 2016: Did the Khans Break the Trumpet?

An unknown immigrant family at the Democratic convention may have shaken the loutish Republican candidate a bit but this election is not yet Hillary Clinton’s to lose

04 August 2016
Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler at a polling booth in London
Absolutely Boris

The man chiefly responsible for Britain’s decision to leave the European Union would probably prefer it to remain

30 June 2016
THE EGOMANIAC: Donald Trump campaigning at Dubuque Regional Airport, Iowa
US Election 2016: Donald Up Close

The Republican candidate is much more pleasant in private than in his snarling public performances. Our contributor gets closer to Donald Trump

11 May 2016
WILL SHE TRUMP DONALD? Hillary Clinton at an event at Stanford University, California, on 23 March (DAVID PAUL MORRIS/GETTY IMAGES)
Hillary Clinton: Make Way for Madam President

In spite of the trust deficit, it’s time for the Clinton dynasty’s tryst with the White House

31 March 2016
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy (centre) in the English Premier League match against Manchester City on 6 February that his team won 3-1 (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/GETTY IMAGES)
Leicester City A Football Fantasy

A mid-sized English club shakes up and cheers up the football world

28 February 2016
Open Essay
US Election: A Time of Fear and Loathing

Are Americans going to choose as their candidate for the world’s most important job two of the most ill-suited claimants to that role imaginable?

28 January 2016
Out of Africa

The romance of being a foreign correspondent

23 December 2015
Sachin Goes Stateside

A veterans tour provides a poignant moment for reflection on cricket’s beauty and its troubles

19 November 2015


Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of nine books, including the award-winning Water, Peace, and War : Confronting the Global Water Crisis

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is an MP and the author of, among other titles, Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan

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


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