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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Becoming Picasso, Courtauld Gallery, London

The Courtauld Gallery, which has brought us a succession of tightl focused small exhibitions in recent years, has come up with another real stunner. Becoming Picasso is the story of the Spanish painter’s arrival – brash, determined and hungry for the bohemian life – in the French capital in 1901.

Man Ray’s ‘Helen Tamiris’ (1929)

Under the skin: National Portrait Gallery's Man Ray exhibition

A compelling new exhibition reveals Man Ray's ability to capture the soul of his subjects. It's a rare gift that sets him apart from his fellow Surrealists. By Adrian Hamilton

Don't write off Tunisia's revolution just yet

They should keep calm and plod on. The public wants stability not chaos

Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London SE1 (020 7960 4200) to 28 April

Look on the bright side: light show at the Hayward Gallery

An innovative exhibition at the Hayward Gallery shows how artificial-light sculptures and installations can create an intriguing interactive experience

Mali and a new War or Terror: Cameron goes where Blair went before – but at what cost?

The Prime Minister's decision to send troops to Mali is the product of an ill-defined nightmare of religious terrorism and "gesture" politics. He may come to regret it

Exhibition of the week: Manet: Portraying Life, Royal Academy of Arts, London W1

There is always something fresh to be learnt about Edouard Manet. Portraiture, which he pursued in oil and later in pastel, is as good a way as any of exploring his varied works.

After David Cameron's speech this week, Britain risks sliding out of Europe without even wanting to

Plus: why, even in Israel, the hard right vote is by its nature a protest vote, whereas the middle, which can switch either way, gets frightened off by extremism

She's got the look: 'The Railway'

Manet and woman: Portraying Life

As an exhibition of portraits by the great French painter opens in London, Adrian Hamilton asks why he treated his male and female subjects so differently

She's got the look: 'The Railway'

Manet and woman: Portraying Life

As an exhibition of portraits by the great French painter opens in London, Adrian Hamilton asks why he treated his male and female subjects so differently

Mali is not a global conflict, so a global response would merely repeat the errors of the past

The notion of a global threat from a revived al-Qa'ida should be familiar by now; it's the same flawed reasoning the led the US to launch its "War against Terror"

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