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John Bew is Professor of History and Foreign Policy at King’s College London and is leading a project looking at Britain’s place in the world for Policy Exchange. He is a New Statesman contributing writer and the author of Citizen Clem, an Orwell Prize-winning biography of Clement Attlee.
The promotion of hawkish figures from Mike Pompeo to John Bolton has given impetus to the idea that some sort of military clash is inevitable.
The remarkable career of the celebrity diplomat and hyperactive emblem of the Pax Americana.
But as tensions between the US and Iran have been ratcheted up, there is reason to believe that the president is one of the voices in the White House urging restraint.
Despite tensions between London and Dublin over Brexit and the murder of Lyra McKee, the Good Friday Agreement is strong enough to survive.
The president may seek a showdown he can win at a time when a conflict between great powers seems more likely than it has for a generation.
The country’s Belt and Road programme is less a revolution than a reversion to a previous state.
States such as Saudi Arabia, Russia and China are showing a brazen disregard for the rules-based international order.
It caused anger and unease across the West, but the meeting between the Russian president and Donald Trump was not as substantively “historic” as its protagonists may have hoped.
Ronan Farrow’s War on Peace is a depressing, timely obituary for traditional American statecraft.
The pantomime is in full swing, but no one knows the end of the script.