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    How should Britain engage with Russia?
    Mar16

    How should Britain engage with Russia?

    Theresa May and Vladimir Putin at a G20 meet in China ©Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images When Theresa May visited Donald Trump in January, she also spoke to the Republican caucus about the need to “engage but beware” with regard to Russia. This advice came too late for Trump’s now-former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and his...

    The Duel: Should we regret the Bolshevik Revolution?
    Mar16

    The Duel: Should we regret the Bolshevik Revolution?

    Should we regret the Bolshevik Revolution? Yes No Poll Maker One hundred years ago this spring, there were remarkable events in Russia. But when I was young it was the October Revolution that I was taught about—how it had ushered in the world’s first worker’s state, and constituted the greatest moment in world history. It had, I knew,...

    Interview: Svetlana Alexievich—A melody of voices
    Mar14

    Interview: Svetlana Alexievich—A melody of voices

    ©Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images In a vast, draughty exhibition centre at the Minsk book fair, hundreds of people stand in line. The queue straggles past the children’s bookstand and around a fake red phone box installed by the British embassy. People have been here for hours. At the other end of the hall, a slight woman sits at a table...

    How Britain can still count after it quits
    Feb16

    How Britain can still count after it quits

    Trump is indifferent to European strength; May is not, and cannot afford to be ©De Keerle/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock In last year’s interview with the Atlantic, Barack Obama warned that a country that would “resort to nationalism as an organising principle” and that “never takes on the responsibilities of a country its size in maintaining the...

    Brexit—take back control
    Feb13

    Brexit—take back control

    ©Archimboldus, Doublebubble Rex/Shutterstock The marriage metaphor is apt. We have not yet taken even the first formal step. But already the decision to begin divorce proceedings with the European Union is clogged with past resentments, fears for the future, and the steady ambivalence that characterised the marriage. It was a finely balanced...

    The civil service doesn’t have the skills to negotiate Brexit
    Jan26

    The civil service doesn’t have the skills to negotiate Brexit

    ©NICHOLAS KRAUSE/NEWZULU/PA Images : Brexit—the biggest challenge the civil service has ever faced? In her speech last week, Prime Minister Theresa May set out the broad outline for Brexit negotiations and one day soon the starting gun will be fired. The course that we are on concerns me because I believe that the civil service does not currently...

    Is Tim Barrow just the man for Brexit?
    Jan20

    Is Tim Barrow just the man for Brexit?

    Britain’s new Permanent Representative to the EU, Tim Barrow ©Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire/PA Images Before the start of 2017, few outside the UK’s diplomatic community would have heard of Tim Barrow. His appointment as Britain’s Permanent Representative (ambassador) to the European Union, following the public and acrimonious...

    Trump’s calendar of global economic summits
    Jan19

    Trump’s calendar of global economic summits

    ©Van Tine Dennis/ABACA/ABACA USA/PA Images Mark your calendars for key events this year that will reveal the Trump administration’s vision to remake the world’s economic order. There will be early hints from a handful of incoming advisors who are in Davos this week and the picture will take shape slowly in speeches (and Tweets) as...

    Books in brief: Who Lost Russia? By Peter Conradi
    Jan19

    Books in brief: Who Lost Russia? By Peter Conradi

    Who Lost Russia? By Peter Conradi (Oneworld, £18.99) The year 1991 was a turning point for global politics: it saw both the disbanding of the Warsaw Pact, as well as the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The narrative western politicians and intellectuals told at the time was a simple one: communism had failed and western liberal capitalism...

    Banning the bomb: we’ll all go together
    Jan18

    Banning the bomb: we’ll all go together

    The mushroom cloud over Nagasaki, after the second atomic bomb was dropped there in 1945 ©Cultura/Rex/Shutterstock Barack Obama was a cautious president, given to the odd audacious speech. In 2009, he stood on a podium in Prague’s Hradcˇany Square and declared America’s commitment to a world free from nuclear weapons. “Human destiny...

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