Adrian Hamilton

The Independent’s former comment editor, Adrian Hamilton writes a weekly column largely on international affairs with particular focus on the Middle East, Iran and foreign policy issues. Before joining the paper he was deputy editor of the Observer newspaper.

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John Constable's 'The Leaping Horse' (1825)

A change of view that shook the world

The Royal Academy's superb new exhibition brings together landscapes by Gainsborough, Turner and Constable, and reveals how they were inspired by Europe

John Constable's 'The Leaping Horse' (1825)

A change of view that shook the world

The Royal Academy's superb new exhibition brings together landscapes by Gainsborough, Turner and Constable, and reveals how they were inspired by Europe

American nightmare: the art of the Civil War

A show in Washington DC illustrates how the Civil War spawned a new breed of artists who were unafraid to depict the horror of battle, says Adrian Hamilton

David Hockney: A Bigger Splash 1967

Review of 2012: Visual Arts

Exhibition of the week: Mariko Mori: Rebirth, Royal Academy of Arts, London W1

The end of one time, according to many ancient civilizations, presages the beginning of another in the recycle or birth and rebirth.

Cairo: Protesters have been thrown into confusion by Morsi's move

The West can’t direct the Arab Spring, but we can support it

You can't expect mature politics to be practised in countries like Egypt where political parties have been banned for 50 years

Mariko Mori: Reach for the skies

Mariko Mori draws on the spiritual traditions of her native Japan and the mass-produced materials of the West to give her work an ethereal quality. Her new show at the Royal Academy leaves Adrian Hamilton entranced

The museum that reminds you of the true value of journalism

The Newseum reminds us that the basis of all journalism lies not in its power but its reporting.

The emperors strike back: The artistic treasures of the Muslim Mughal dynasty

Indian art began to flourish 500 years ago when East met West. Adrian Hamilton marvels at the masterpieces of the Muslim Mughal dynasty in a wonderful new show at the British Library

Damaged buildings in Daria, Damascus.The Syrian capital has been heavily
shelled by the regime

With blood on the streets of Damascus, even Assad's friends in Syria know his end is inevitable

It would be a disaster for the West to intervene in, and even worse to arm the 'moderate' elements of the opposition. But the threat of a no-fly zone is powerful

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