George Walden

George Walden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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