George Walden

Presidents for life Putin and Xi menace the West

A former diplomat and politician during the Cold War asks whether the threats posed by Russia and China are now more ominous than ever

The Limits Of Pax Americana

America's post-Cold War strategy failed with Russia — will it fail to limit Beijing's aggressiveness too?

Lee’s Legacy

"Lee Kuan Yew met every Chinese leader from Mao to Xi Jinping. But is China following his Singaporean model?"

The Betrayal of Hong Kong

'If the Chinese have shown cynical duplicity towards Hong Kong's democrats, the British have been guilty of self-delusion'

The Global Race isn’t a Sprint

A perfect book for anyone suffering from a surfeit of Thomas Piketty

Chronicle Of History’s Greatest Carnage

Tombstone, by Yang Jisheng, is an uncomfortable read but a brave and important account of the huge human cost of Mao's Great Leap Forward

Blunt Contempt

Many a British art worthy maintains we all could have been Anthony Blunt. Rubbish: he deserved nothing less than exile in Russia

Beware the Fausts of Neuroscience

Neuroscientists attempt to reduce the greatest aspects of human behaviour and existence to material Darwinism. We should be sceptical about their overblown claims

Mart’s Art is Not Just Smart

Book review of Martin Amis: A Biography by Richard Bradford

China’s Downtrodden Sunflower Seeds

Despite Ai Weiwei's release on bail, we should expect no relaxation in the Communist Party's repression of intellectual freedom

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"