Symbolism and Reality in Geopolitics

Symbolism and Reality in Geopolitics

Tom Franklin made the finals of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for a photograph he’d taken the previous September of three Manhattan firemen. The image’s strength is not least its unintentional evocation of Joe Rosenthal’s iconic photo from the Battle of Iwo Jima. Both...
The fine line between détente and appeasement

The fine line between détente and appeasement

On 21-22 September, the German Vice-Chancellor and SPD Economy Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, paid a two-day visit to Moscow to hold trade talks with President Putin and senior Russian business leaders. Russia is still subject to German-backed EU economic sanctions, so the...
Eyes east: how China became a superpower

Eyes east: how China became a superpower

The UK may have pipped China to second place in the medal table at the Rio Olympics but we should be under no illusions as to who the big boys are when it comes to global affairs. The British government’s decision to review its plans for the Hinkley Point C nuclear...