2019

Consequences

Sir Issac was writing from the viewpoint of a physicist. But the metaphysical philosophers were quick to apply the rules of the natural world to…


British Constitutional Crossroad

It has become a current cliché that the British constitution is at a crossroads verging on crisis. The catalyst is Brexit. But the blind do…



Bunkum History

History does NOT repeat itself. But that does not mean that there are no parallels between the past, the present and future or that we…


Sightline: Taliban

After almost a year of talks, we’re told the deal for a lasting peace in Afghanistan is agreed  -‘ In principle’. A deal? Maybe. A…



The Nuclear Train

Remember decoupling? It was a common phrase during the Cold War (or should I say first Cold War?). The railway metaphor was used to describe…


China, Hong Kong and Confucius

We are all the prisoners of history. Our present and much of our future is determined by the sum of our past experiences, both individually…


Kashmiri Powder Keg

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should consider the age-old truism “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Actually, to say that Kashmir isn’t broke would…


Kurdistan’s Fragile Growth

The Kurdistan Region in Iraq inevitably faces problems arising fromits geography and related political pathologies because it nestlesbetween Turkey, Iran, Arab Iraq, and Syria. Kurds…