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.
29 October 2013 11:48 PM
Home advantage puts Boston in driving seat to build on brilliance of Ortiz and Lester
27 October 2013 12:00 AM
Out of America: The greatest threat to the US from atomic weapons is accidental detonation. And, worryingly, it has nearly happened
24 October 2013 10:06 PM
Washington’s foreign policy these days is less about putting pressure on old adversaries than mending fences with key allies. First in the Middle East, where Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel are bewildered by US policy zigzags over Syria and Egypt, and disconcerted by a possible thaw between the US and Iran. And now even closer to home in Europe, where the revelations of massive wiretapping by the National Security Agency have angered France and Germany.
22 October 2013 12:00 AM
Tom Foley was the last House Speaker of a vanished age, when compromise was not a dirty word on Capitol Hill, when Congress functioned more or less as it was meant to and respect or even affection for one's opponent was not regarded as a near-mortal sin. His defining qualities – patience, civility and a sense of measure – were those conspicuous by their absence now in this era of government shutdown and Tea Party extremism.
20 October 2013 12:00 AM
Out of America: The Republican candidate in next month's gubernatorial election has been scuppered by his popularity with the Tea Party
13 October 2013 12:00 AM
Out of America: Despite President Obama's promises of openness, leakers are pursued as never before and it's harder for journalists to do their job
06 October 2013 12:00 AM
Out of America: While all the talk is of shutdown, schemes for those without health cover open for business
US shutdown and looming debt crisis talks between President Obama and Congressional leaders fail to break the policy deadlock
03 October 2013 12:00 AM
Two issues become entangled as intelligence officials warned the situation 'seriously damages' their ability to protect the country
The US power failure: 800,000 face weeks of unpaid lay-offs as Republicans and Democrats force partial shutdown of government over Obamacare
02 October 2013 08:00 AM
Has the United States been more divided in living memory?
08 September 2013 12:00 AM
Out of America: Horrific video of Islamist rebels murdering Syrian army soldiers prompts further questions of just where the US stands
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
- 1 Hells of residence: Inside Macedonia's horrifying student accommodation - where the walls are green and the food is black
- 2 Boy George: Bad karma
- 3 Rachel Canning: US teenager returns home after she tried to sue her parents for child support
- 4 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 5 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'