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A Roman fresco from the Osteria della Via di Mercurio in Pompeii depicting a group of men having fun playing dice.

What the Romans did for fun

Blame the pandemic; blame social media, but as winter rolls around again it can feel as if we’ve forgotten how truly to celebrate. But antiquity offers us the key to re-learning how to have fun, as opposed to merely pretending we are.

A boy speaks on the phone underneath a 10-foot-high statue of former U.S President Bill Clinton on Bill Clinton Boulevard in 2019 in Pristina, Kosovo.

The Balkan Question

The future of the Balkans is being decided by a clash between the liberal idealists and conservative realists. Whichever worldview prevails will determine the region’s geopolitical future.

Eruption of Vesuvius, by Pierre-Jacques Volaire (1729-1792).

When disaster strikes

Disasters result from vulnerabilities in our social fabric and a lack of preparedness for new threats. Those with the fewest options have the most to lose.

A member of staff removes a file from a depository at The National Archives, London.

The intelligent use of history — what is the past good for?

In times of global uncertainty and upheaval, many people look back to an imaginary golden age of simplicity and stability, or seek to blame a past individual or policy for current ills. Danger lies in both these coping strategies. We need to make intelligent use of history.

Benin's anti piracy task force on patrol in the Gulf of Guinea.

Troubled waters

Military force will not be enough to fix the Gulf of Guinea’s piracy problem. The roots of the crime lie on-shore, deep in the politics of oil and statehood.

Bandstand by sea and people

More than a bandstand

Derelict bandstands are a symbol of a lost age of Victorian optimism. It’s time to recapture their zeal in improving civic life.

Turin’s touch of the divine

Any trip to Turin would be incomplete without a visit to Palazzo Madama, a treasure trove of Renaissance art and mysterious relics.

Future proof

Deference to history will not be enough to answer the geopolitical questions of the future. New systemic forces are in play.

The endless frontier

American state investment in science is returning. But the threats of today – pandemics, climate change, China – will require bold political leadership as well as money.

Cats rule

Cats are the winners from pandemic lockdowns. We could learn a thing or two from them.

Towards an Arcadian future

Humanity’s relationship with nature is under threat. Rather than abandoning it to the wild, however, we must embrace the age-old idea of Arcadia – and reform our stewardship of the earth.

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