Hong Kong’s plight shames us all
The Chinese Communist Party is crushing Hong Kong. Taiwan’s next. What are we going to do about it?
29 May 2020
Pandemic rocks geopolitical world order
The geopolitical fallout from the pandemic will change the world. We can already see some of the winners—and the losers.
24 May 2020
In Memoriam: JR Lucas (1929-2020)
My father, the Oxford philosopher JR Lucas, was an inspirational and indefatigable campaigner for the captive nations. This is my tribute to him.
10 May 2020
My evidence to Britain’s Russia inquiry
I was the first witness to the intelligence and security committee inquiry into Russian influence. The government has blocked the report’s publication, but here’s what I said.
17 Nov 2019
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Shortwave radio spells freedom
Shortwave radio helped us win the cold war. Don’t tune out yet—especially if you are Chinese.
22 Dec 2019
China’s “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy is prompting a global backlash
China’s “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy is prompting a global backlash—what we need now is unity.
18 May 2020
Shun Putin’s party, and remember the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
Putin celebrates Soviet collaboration with the Nazis. We should shun his victory party.
6 Jan 2020
Nato, hammers and screwdrivers
NATO’s troubles are mild by historical standards. The real worry should be the West’s weakness in the face of non-military threats.
1 Dec 2019
Russia’s resurgence in the near east spells trouble for US allies in eastern Europe.
27 Oct 2019
Africa provides rich pickings for Moscow
Russia is making money and mischief in Africa, while the West dithers.
29 Sep 2019
Bracing for Brexit
Boris Johnson’s election means Brexit will now happen. Difficulties lie ahead – but betting against Mr Johnson would be unwise.
14 Dec 2019
Memories of Berlin
I lived and worked I cold-war Berlin. The lessons of 30 years ago still matter today.
9 Nov 2019
Brexit, I argued in June 2016, was not inevitable. Yet ahead of this week’s elections in the UK, I am more than just a little pessimistic…
8 Dec 2019
Pax Americana and how to defend it
Foreign policy works best when the home front is strong. A lesson for America—and for its allies.
3 Nov 2019
Cliches spoil some good reporting in Sovietistan, a new book about Central Asia.
1 Sep 2019
A bus trip round London exposes the scourge of kleptocracy.
8 Mar 2020
Naive consumers plus media manipulators are a lethal combination. Disinformation is mutating and democracy is in danger. Rebuilding trust is key.
1 Mar 2020
UK should not leave Hong Kong out in the cold
Britain has responsibilities to the people of Hong Kong. It should not shirk them.
10 Sep 2019
The Summer of ’89 [3/4]
While celebrating the collapse of Communism we should learn from its lessons. The third of four podcasts reflecting on 1989, and the struggle for democracy in China now.
18 Aug 2019
The Summer of ’89 [2/4]
While celebrating the collapse of Communism we should learn from its lessons. The second of four podcasts reflecting on 1989, and the struggle for democracy in China now.
11 Aug 2019