In the magazine this month

October 2017

The President’s warlike response to Kim Jong-un’s threats exposes his lack of global leadership. The Trump doctrine will cost the West dear
Less than two years ago, in his valedictory State of the Union address, Barack Obama declared that “No nation dares to attack us or our allies because they know that’s the path to ruin . . . and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead — they call us.” The truth of his words was debatable at the time, contradicted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and divisive engagement in Syria, not to mention Obama’s own preference for “leading from behind”. North Korea’s bellicose arrival into the club of thermonuclear-equipped countries and Trump’s maladroit response poses an even more fundamental challenge to once straightforward questions of American hegemony.
ELISABETH BRAW
In the 1980s, PhD students from the military, like David Petraus, were the exception. But academia and the US army increasingly intersect
JONATHAN COFFEY
The alt-Right has repackaged racist white nationalism for ordinary Americans. Its rise to the mainstream should be tackled head-on
STEPHEN GLOVER
Theresa May faces a gruelling period in office, dominated by Brexit. She should reshape her Cabinet and set out a clearer political vision
 
MICHAEL PINTO-DUSCHINSKY
The Conservatives face dwindling membership and are failing to match Labour’s fundraising. Even worse, they may be losing the battle of ideas
HELLE MERETE BRIX
Zineb, a Moroccan-French journalist who missed the Paris massacre, describes its traumatic aftermath and life on Islamic State’s death list
MILTON EZRATI
More and more people are going to museums and galleries, but why? They don’t seem to know — and nor do the institutions’ curators
 
JEFFREY MEYERS
Outsiders, gamblers, brawlers: Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon had a volatile friendship which flourished wildly but ended badly