John Bew is a New Statesman contributing writer. His most recent book, Realpolitik: A History, is published by Oxford University Press.
From the Middle East to North Korea, Donald Trump is reasserting US military strength and intensifying the rivalry among the great powers.
Tyler Cowen argues that Americans used their new-found wealth and prestige “to dig in”, protect themselves against risk, “and to build and cement a much safer and static culture”.
Barack Obama made a virtue of his decision not to follow the “Washington playbook” on Syria. His successor had an opportunity to distinguish himself.
Those troublesome 1980s have reared their head again in a diplomatic storm in a teacup over Gibraltar.
The flatlining Sinn Fein vote has been jolted into life unexpectedly.
The US national security adviser faces major challenges in his new role.
It is easy to guffaw at the idea of a billionaire Bolshevik in the White House, but it seems there is more to the comparison than meets the eye.
There’s no point pretending there’s a smoother path for Britain that skirts around Trump’s White House.
What has driven the new age of isolation - and the return of great power politics?
We are dependent on the “leader of the free world”, so our government, like many others, will have to hold its nose over President Trump.
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