John Bew is a New Statesman contributing writer. His most recent book, Realpolitik: A History, is published by Oxford University Press.
When Labour lurched to the left under Michael Foot, James Callaghan warned the Party of their obligation to work as a team. A pity his wise words are little heeded today.
By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in Asia. Can Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century help predict what happens next?
Rifkind’s genteel new book, Power and Pragmatism, is a beguiling memoir.
The possiblity of the UK becoming a more dynamic actor is an exciting one – but the prospect of the union breaking up is feared in the US.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland, it was economic self-interest and inherent caution that ultimately trumped nationalism. Will England do the same?
The Labour MP and humanitarian I came to know was the type of person who would restore one's faith in politics.
A group portrait of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland reviewed.
The “Atlantic bridge” between the US and the UK looks creakier than anyone could have predicted.
Jeffrey Goldberg’s 20,000-word write-up of his series of interviews with Obama in the Atlantic makes for fascinating reading. But what does it tell us about the president's strategies?
The British take a perverse pleasure in glorious defeat, as Heroic Failure and the British by Stephanie Barczewski examines.
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