John Bew is a New Statesman contributing writer. His most recent book, Realpolitik: A History, is published by Oxford University Press.
At the turn of the 20th century, discussions about degeneration became entangled with fears of national decline.
The DUP may be the ugliest of brides for the Conservative Party but its MPs are not a danger to the peace process.
Merkel may find it hard to stomach Trump but she will not be wishing away US military power from Europe with any relish.
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.