Tony Brenton

Snubbing Putin at Sochi Did Not Help Ukraine

We do business with other authoritarian regimes when we need to — so the West should take illiberal Russia more seriously  

Bismarck Versus Blair — A Foreign Policy Crossroads

The interventionist dam broke with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Inaction in Syria could mark the end of our duty to protect

Russia’s Teetering Toughman

Ben Judah's rich and thoughtful account of the Putin years charts a Russian political system continually manipulated by a wounded leader

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"