Rupert Cornwell

Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.

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Barack Obama, surrounded by his US Secret Service detail

The US Secret Service are now more House of Cards than real the heroes of yesteryear

They're under fire, and with a string of scandals and bungles in the past few years, it's not surprising

All sections of the community, protesters as loudly as the authorities, have condemned the shootings of two police officers in Ferguson

Ferguson shooting: Could be time for Washington to intervene directly - but such a move has momentous precedents

Ferguson's basic problem - a black town run by whites - is not isolated. But if events there are left to fester, the situation could mirror Selma in 1965

The predominately black crowds that gathered near the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma appeared to be as concerned with the present as much as the past

Selma anniversary: Thoughts turn to Ferguson as Obama marks civil rights landmark

Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was in Selma, Alabama, to lead 40,000 people to mark the country’s  civil rights ‘Bloody Sunday’ 50 years ago. But, says Rupert Cornwell, thoughts turned to Ferguson, Missouri

If Hillary Clinton is to be a credible presidential candidate, she has to step up

Time is running out for Hillary Clinton. She must declare her candidacy quickly

Out of America: She's the Democrats' only hope for the presidency, but has caused controversy by using her personal email for government business

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Foreign policy shapes presidential legacies. Obama's thus far? The killing of Osama bin Laden, the expanded use of drones – and that’s about it

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As spring training starts, disgraced slugger’s return from a year ban is causing embarrassment

How can Vladimir Putin, who seems bent on a new Cold War, be contained?

Ukraine crisis: Putin is counting on fact West has no desire for war

A flimsy figleaf is enough for those with no stomach for a fight

London Mayor Boris Johnson on a trade visit to New York last week

From a US presidential candidate you want gravitas, but all too often you get gaffes

For politicians keen to polish their global statesman image, crossing the Atlantic - in both directions - has many pitfalls

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