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Leviathan comes to Beijing

By Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese politics and director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney asks: What is the Communist Party of China? How can its true nature and use of power be grasped? For insight, look to the English 17th-century philosopher, Thomas Hobbes.


Africa at a fork in the road

By Ernesto Zedillo

Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and ex-President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, introduces an eBook he co-edited that illustrates some of the ambitious steps needed to ...

The Yellow River: a history of China’s water crisis

By David A. Pietz

Historian David Pietz argues China’s current water problems are deeply rooted in its past. Past choices and physical realities of the North China Plain continue to shape the present and ...

The siren song of financial realism

By Paul Tyson

Financial realism has enchanted European polities. It is a song the powerful love to hear. But a song that will destroy all that is good and humane about Europe explains ...

Magna Carta: a beggarly thing, a mess of pottage

By Denis Galligan

If Magna Carta is the cornerstone of liberty, why did the Levellers, democratic radicals of the 17th century, reject it as 'containing many marks of intolerable bondage'?

Arts & Culture

The idea of Europe in its coffee houses

By George Steiner

Those wishing to meet Freud or Musil, knew precisely in which café to look... When the lights go out in Europe, in August 1914, Jaurès is assassinated in a café. ...

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art



Travel Writing

The White Temple of Chiang Rai

The artist Chalermchai Kositpipat has dedicated himself to creating an offering to Lord Buddha, in the Thai City of Chiang ...

Travel Writing

​Verdun, France and Europe

'During the time that the battle of Verdun raged, the dead from both sides equalled almost the entire losses ...

Political Tours

Political Tours