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What is happening to the United Kingdom, and, within that, what is happening to England? In this extract from his new book, Jeremy Black looks to the past in order to try to understand the present; namely, what forces have shaped the historical identity of England and how that has affected English nationalism today.

13.04.18 | Dominic Rubin
The Skripal Affair: The New Cold War?

Over the last few weeks, the ‘Skripal poisoning affair’ has unfolded. The main issue—whodunnit and why?—is something the public won’t know the truth about for some time to come, if ever, making it the perfect vehicle for the pre-existing phobias of various analysts.

In a post-Brexit era of swelling imperial nostalgia and revisionism, the story of Alum Bheg’s skull – a war-trophy from the Indian ‘Mutiny’ of 1857 discovered in a pub in Kent – offers a telling example of how a genuinely nuanced history of the British Empire might be written.

The man Guinean president Alpha Condé likes to compare himself with is none other then Nelson Mandela. And yes, there are similarities.

Gordon Brown was not the enthusiast for Afghanistan that his predecessor was, and had none of the passion that Tony Blair had for counternarcotics. With the Foreign Affairs Committee describing the partner nation role in counternarcotics as a “poisoned chalice” in 2009 the UK actively began looking for an amicable separation.

11.09.17 | Azeem Ibrahim
Why the U.S. Cannot Ignore the Rohingya

The Rohingya situation presents an opportunity for the US and China to work together to resolve one of the world’s most dire humanitarian crises.

Maduro is not a lone despot. Nor will he be the last. He is simply another turn in Venezuela’s Bolivarian cycle of perpetual liberation.

Following recent terrorist attacks in Britain, Raffaello Pantucci examines the relationship between the radical Islamist sect al-Muhajiroun and the rise of violent extremism both within the UK and abroad. How has this long legacy of affiliation shaped the increasingly heated and divisive tensions within British society?

27.06.17 | David B. Roberts
Disunity in the Gulf

David Roberts traces the fraught relationship between Qatar and its neighbours over recent decades, and the long-standing disputes between Doha and Riyadh that precipitated the current conflict.

12.06.17 | Magnus Marsden
‘Ungoverned Spaces’?

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Manchester, the term ‘ungoverned spaces’ has returned to the forefront of public debate. Is this a valuable, or even an accurate, notion?

19.05.17 | Isabella Ginor Gideon Remez
Kissinger also Gave Away Israeli Secrets to the Russians

Donald Trump’s recent disclosure of classified information to Moscow is nothing new – Henry Kissinger did the same thing.