Mary Dejevsky

One of the country’s most respected commentators on Russia, the EU and the US, Mary Dejevsky has worked as a foreign correspondent all over the world, including Washington, Paris and Moscow. She is now the chief editorial writer and a columnist at The Independent and regularly appears on radio and television. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham.

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Tower Hamlets analysis by Mary Dejevsky: We take electoral integrity for granted

It’s nine years now since a deputy High Court judge, Richard Mawrey, ordered new elections in two council wards in Birmingham after finding “electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic”. One consequence was a rather leisurely attempt to tighten procedures for postal voting. The reported goings-on in the London borough of Tower Hamlets this time round suggest that not enough has changed.

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 27 May 2014. Obama discussed the US drawdown in Afghanistan.

Welcome to the age of post-interventionism

Military intervention in other countries is not the only way for America to show its strength

Nick Clegg giving a speech on international development in London on Wednesday

Lord Oakeshott resigns from Lib Dems: Clegg is a leader with a good track record – if only he told us

Any political defeat brings the knives out. And a defeat that was, on the face of it, as comprehensive as the one suffered by the Liberal Democrats in the latest local and European elections was bound to prompt recriminations and the infighting at which the Liberal Democrats have long excelled. With a prominent peer, Matthew Oakeshott, commissioning his own polling from the sidelines and the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, called upon for periodic interventions from China, the Lib Dems’ post-election melee has taken on the theatricality of a radio farce.  

A pro-Russian militant test-fires an anti-tank weapon preparing to fight against Ukrainian government troops at a checkpoint blocking the major highway which links Kharkiv, outside Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Lawmakers and officials from eastern Ukraine on Saturday poured criticism on the fledging central government, accusing it of ignoring legitimate grievances of the regions which have been overrun by pro-Russia militia fighting for independence.

‘New’ and ‘Old’ Europe are at loggerheads

So many of the gains made in Europe, Russia and the US have been lost thanks to how we all handled the Ukrainian crisis

Vladimir Putin with Second World War veterans in Sevastopol yesterday

Jumping on the #bringbackourgirls bandwagon won't help Nigeria or stop Boko Haram

What about the crisis in Ukraine and the killings in Syria? The abduction of 200 girls in Nigeria really isn't the problem of Western leaders

David Cameron sings a hymn during the enthronement service of The Most Rev Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury, at Canterbury Cathedral last year

David Cameron needs to tread very carefully when ‘doing God’, especially when it looks like a way of countering Ukip

The PM comes across as a thoroughly typical Anglican - a bit of this, a bit of that

An anti-Russian demonstration held in Kharkiv, Ukraine last week

Ukraine crisis: Both sides in the conflict lay claim to the truth

It is all too easy to envisage civil war being triggered by mistake

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