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 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.
The West has still not reckoned with its first mistake in Syria: demanding the removal of Assad.
After the Salisbury poisoning, Britain could rely on the unanimous support of France, Germany and the US in condemning the attack
Nixon also allegedly played up his unpredictability in the Cold War, with the US embroiled in Vietnam.
With China, India and Russia on the rise and Western confidence shaken, how should Britain navigate this new and dangerous world?