Brexit and the election of President Trump leave the UK unmoored from the twin anchors of its foreign policy: the EU and the US. In the ‘Leave’ imaginary, the UK will shall be free to rule the waves. To the ‘Remain’ camp, Brexit leaves the country cast adrift. What matters now is the course that is set. The UK can choose to uphold nostalgia, beholden to the mistakes of a fictitious past. Or it can seek a new role in global politics that draws on its strengths to address the major problems facing the world. This issue addresses the question of what a progressive foreign policy should look like in moral, political and practical terms.
- Editorial / Carys Roberts, Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton
- Human rights in the international system/ Champa Patel
- The uncomfortable history of Britain in Europe/ David Owen
- A better world is in our power to create /Kirsty McNeill
- The next British empire / Nadine El-Enany
- The state of global capitalism today/ Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch
- Can we afford the City of London? /John Christensen
- Turning back the Doomsday Clock /Kate Hudson
- A question of leadership?/ John Curtice
- Open arms or a clenched fist /Sile Reynolds
- Karl Polanyi and the formation of this generation’s new Left/ Richard Sandbrook
- UK ties with Saudi Arabia: costs and alternatives (online only)/ David Wearing
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.