Politics

Bridges and walls

With the exception of a few signatures, the only surviving example of William Shakespeare’s handwriting is said to be in the manuscript (preserved at the British Library) of The Book...

  • LIGHTS IN THE DISTANCE

    Daniel Trilling

  • HARA HOTEL

    Teresa Thornhill

  • BORDERED LIVES

    Hsiao-Hung Pai

Politics

Genius of destruction

It remains a remarkable truth that we don’t know if the Donald Trump story will end after one presidential term, or two, or before the first is completed. Perhaps the...

  • THE LIST

    Amy Siskind

  • TRUMPOCRACY

    David Frum

  • WORLD WAR TRUMP

    Hall Gardner

  • TRUMP/RUSSIA

    Seth Hettena

Politics

Death of enlightened pragmatism

I was a missionary. I am a missionary. I was never a politician”, was how Garfield Todd described himself, while happily agreeing that he had enjoyed being an MP and...

  • Garfield Todd

    Susan Woodhouse

Politics

Glorious pages and paper balls

Few Western secret service chiefs have taken such a long view of intelligence as Yevgeny Primakov, director of the Moscow Institute of World Economy and International Relations in the 1980s....

Politics

Impunity reigns

In a grainy clip, shot from high above by a surreptitiously placed camera, we see a group of men, each wearing a single white glove, being stopped by soldiers. One...

Politics

Brothers and arms

Secretive, working on the fringes of legality when not actually persecuted, as calamitous when they briefly exercised power in Egypt as they had formerly been successful in galvanizing mass opposition,...

  • THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND THE WEST

    Martyn Frampton

  • RETHINKING POLITICAL ISLAM

    Shadi Hamid and William McCants, editors

Politics

Time to move on

If you haven’t seen the Chinese sword, sandals and martial arts smash hit Dragon Blade – and you probably haven’t: it made less than £200 in its opening (and only)...

  • EMPIRES OF ANCIENT EURASIA

    Craig Benjamin

  • ANCIENT GREECE AND CHINA COMPARED

    G. E. R. Lloyd, Qiaosheng Dong and Jenny Zhao, editors

  • THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF IMPERIAL LANDSCAPES

    Bleda S. Düring and Tesse D. Stek, editors

  • PERSIAN INTERVENTIONS

    John O. Hyland

  • BEYOND THE NILE

    Jeffrey Spier, Timothy Potts and Sara E. Cole, editors

  • CLASSICS

    Neville Morley

Politics

Ideology or realpolitik

In the American political imagination, the 1979 hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran is an indelible trauma, as unforgettable an assault on the country as Pearl Harbor and...

  • RELIGIOUS STATECRAFT

    Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar

  • INSIDE IRAN

    Medea Benjamin

Politics

Home wreckers

The question of what to do with “battle hardened jihadists” returning from Syria and Iraq is preoccupying many governments, with more than a hundred countries having seen citizens flock to...

  • Islamist Terrorism in Europe

    Petter Nesser

  • THE RETURNED

    David Thomson

Politics

How to be militant

This book offers welcome news for the rebel”, declares Max Abrahms, one of the world’s leading experts on terrorism. It may seem odd, in a world filled with the fear...

  • RULES FOR REBELS

    Max Abrahms