In the magazine this month

July/August 2014

Is President Obama's announcement that he wishes to ‘ramp up' support for the rebels a serious policy change or more obfuscation?
After the 20th century's list of events of mass murder — from the Ukraine famine of the early 1930s and the Holocaust in the 1940s, to the Balkans wars and the Rwanda genocide of the 1990s — the cries of "never again" and the assertion of a "responsibility to protect" gave some hope that mass killing would not recur in the 21st century. Then came Darfur in the new century's first decade, and now Syria in the second. Mass killing has very clearly not been eliminated, nor has the "international community" developed a response that will avert it or bring it to a quick end.
ALEXANDER WOOLFSON
Putin's Crimean adventure, US isolation and EU decline show that the Western Allies urgently need to come up with a new strategy
SHEILA LAWLOR
David Cameron says he ‘gets the message' of the EU elections. But only a fundamental renegotiation will restore trust in the PM
MICHAEL MOSBACHER
British apologists for Russian aggression in Ukraine are either blinded by their hatred of America or by their loathing of the EU
 
ROBIN HARRIS
The archduke's assassination was the opening scene of a drama that has not ended. Gavrilo Princip put a bullet through Europe's heart

JEREMY BLACK
We historians are failing in our responsibility to illuminate past and present by focusing on the slaughter without explaining its purpose 
LAURA FREEMAN
The publisher wanted to offer impecunious readers a university in their own home. With the imprint's relaunch, that ambition lives on
 
ROGER SCRUTON
Standing at the apex of our culture, the operatic art form remains the supreme test of any composer — as I know from experience
DAVID HERMAN
As he turns 80 this summer, this remarkable polymath deserves to be fêted as a populariser of science and pioneer in the arts