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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No more US interventionism. No more Washington as the world’s policeman. What’s wrong with that?

The talk is of dangerous vacuums that malign forces will rush in to fill

Kevin Pietersen walks during his final Ashes

A farewell to Kevin Pietersen, and border-hopping sportsmen

Apparently the problem, if there was one, was that he was too good for us

As an island nation, we will in the end have to accept that the sea will continue to reshape our landscape

It is unrealistic to fortify the whole of the South-west and flood defences obstruct open views

President Obama urged members of Congress to make 2014 a 'year of action' in his State of the Union address

State of the Union: Obama’s not the only elected leader whose power is waning

Institutional flaws have held the President back

It’s up to well-educated, midde-class jailbirds to tell us where we’re going wrong with our prisons

Vicky Pryce, Chris Huhne and Denis MacShane could put in some community service

Everyone loves John Lewis, especially the Government. But is its reputation justified?

I left, as so often, disorientated and empty-handed

President François Hollande and his partner Valérie Trierweiler leave the Mohammed V mausoleum in Rabat, Morocco

Valérie Trierweiler’s biggest mistake was to accept the outdated role of ‘first lady’

Paradoxically, the demand for a figurehead hostess seems only to have grown

Mark Duggan was shot twice by police and died of a chest wound

There's no sense in querying the Mark Duggan jury

To accuse them of being illogical or stupid is to reject what a jury is for

Memory well: every scrap of detail about Holocaust victims is kept at Yad Vashem

As survivors dwindle, what will this mean for memories of the Holocaust?

So long as there remain those who question the existence of the state of Israel, the descendants of Europe’s Jews will strive to keep the memory of Nazi war crimes alive

Richard Haass’s talks will not have failed if Britain accepts it must now get real on Northern Ireland

The Good Friday Agreement was not a prelude to greater integration

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