James Astill

James Astill is a senior editor at The Economist. He has previously headed the magazine’s bureaus in Washington and New Delhi. He is a contributor to Open

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
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


Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s most influential columnists and public intellectuals

Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of two award-winning books on water: Water, Peace, and War and Water: Asia’s New Battleground

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is the author of, among several titles, Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan. His latest book is Gandhi: A Life in Three Campaigns

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is a member of the National Executive of RSS and a founding member of the governing council of India Foundation. He is the author of, among other titles, Partitioned Freedom and The Hindutva Paradigm

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape is an author and columnist. Views are personal.


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