In the magazine this month

March 2017

After Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, defeatists say the UK should never again intervene militarily abroad. The PM knows they are wrong 
In 2011 a Chinese diplomat told his British counterpart, “What you have to remember is that you come from a weak and declining nation.” Two years later Vladimir Putin’s official spokesman commented in public that Britain is “just a small island . . . No one pays any attention to them”. If Henry Kissinger is to be believed, ever since Sun Tzu’s Art of War in the 5th century BC China’s realpolitik has placed a premium on gaining psychological advantage. And, judging by his first formal meeting with Angela Merkel in 2007, so does Putin. Knowing her phobia of dogs, he made sure that the door was left ajar, so that his black Labrador could nudge his way in.
ALEXANDER WOOLFSON
For all their differences, the new President and his predecessor are both committed to the same project: the US retreat from global leadership 
DANIEL JOHNSON
The once-great home of Immanuel Kant has become a post-Soviet dystopia, fortified by Putin — a time bomb waiting to explode
DAVID HERMAN
The 45th President is no Big Brother. Brave New World predicted the world today more accurately than Nineteen Eighty-Four
 
TOM STACEY
Ignore those who express everything in economic terms. What matters is often economically worthless and functionally useless
DANIEL JOHNSON AND TZIPI HOTOVELY
Daniel Johnson talks to Tzipi Hotovely, deputy foreign minister and rising star of the Jewish state, about her country’s past, present and future