The World Today, founded in 1945, has now been published monthly for over sixty years. Throughout this period it has offered the best and brightest insights on current affairs — from the fallout of the Second World War, through the Cold War, into the information age and the ‘war’ on terror.
Here is a list of article recommendations, compiled by the editorial team at The World Today.
Artificial intelligence is poised to impinge on our lives in ways we could not have imagined a decade ago, writes Carly Kind.
The Oxford historian and best-selling chronicler of the Silk Roads explains to Alan Philps why China is not building an empire and talk of a new Cold War is mistaken.
Tomorrow belongs to Beijing, but how can China win hearts around the world, asks Rana Mitter.
Beijing is rolling out an ambitious plan to create trade routes that stretch to the heart of Europe. This will bring much-needed investment to the countries in its path, but threatens to change the balance of power between rising Asia and the Old Continent.
The freedom of communication introduced by the internet was supposed to sound the death knell for state censorship. But authoritarian regimes still manage to control the message and how liberal digital media remains compromised. In the first of four articles, we look at how China continues to keep journalists on a short lead.
Chatham House team calls for more ambitious action from COP26
The naturalist and broadcaster talks to Alan Philps in our December & January 2019/20 issue about the plastic plague, backsliding on climate change and his lucky timing.
Kate O’Neill argues that only global action will solve the crisis in recycling now that China has stopped importing scrap.
Generation Z is on the march to combat climate change, writes Neal Millar.
Duncan Brack on how the Montreal treaty to protect the ozone layer turned into a powerful tool to fight global warming.
Ann Pettifor: British-based analyst of the global financial system who has helped champion the concept of a Green New Deal.
Graft is not just a moral and political problem, it can also be an economic disaster, writes Sean Hagan.
It fired up the industrial age but is now condemned as a toxic pollutant. Most countries are cutting back on coal usage, but not all. Donald Trump wants to buck the trend and create jobs for miners, and Asia’s appetite for the black stuff continues to grow. Siân Bradley asks if there is a future for old King Coal.
Europe’s economy is seen as both stagnant and crisis-prone yet it is proving resilient with new signs of growth. Duncan Weldon looks at both its tenacity and its flaws.
Macron’s victory has brought relief but much needs to be done to prevent the Union falling apart, writes Brunello Rosa.
Enrico Letta, the former Italian PM, says this is the moment statecraft must replace bureaucracy.
Any prescription for the European Union’s future must take account of the political nature of the project, Nicholas Dungan asserts. Only a renewed French-German partnership can spearhead this effort.
Islamic State gunmen brought death to the streets of Paris on November 13, leaving the European Union in a state of shock. This is a turning point at which Europe must decide how best to defend its way of life. The way forward should be guided by three principles: defending liberty, ensuring the equality of Muslim communities, and radically improving EU-wide security measures including exchange of information and defence of external borders.
Jackson Katz introduces our investigation into how men are adapting to a changing role.
Women comprise just under half the world\'s population and great strides have been made in advancing their rights. Yet their participation in the workforce is actually falling and their earning potential is still restricted. And this is not just a Third World problem: the West is also guilty. Enabling women to work benefits everyone.
Equality is championed in Rwanda but real influence belongs to the president.
Urban islands of prosperity: Global cities are growing in power and influence. But can they survive if they break the bonds with their host countries?
Chanu Peiris on how human rights defenders are resisting authoritarian repression.
China, not Pakistan, is the target of India’s deterrence drive, argues Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan.
Progress on peace deal requires a new government, writes Jonathan Rynhold.
Ian Black on the 50th anniversary of a turning point in the Middle East.
A greying population finds a silver lining to the economic storm clouds. Joji Sakurai looks at how Japanese society is adapting to changing times.
Judith Matloff applauds the bravery of female war reporters.
Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon reveal disturbing details from their research project into how people at the top struggle to cope In a digital age which throws up surprises.
The complexity of Middle Eastern politics plays into terrorists’ hands. Detente between Iran and Saudi Arabia is required before Gulf States are likely to share western priorities in Syria.
Bombing the jihadists of Islamic State will only create similar groups. What is needed is a non-military approach to the many problems of the region.
David Martin Jones and MLR Smith analyse Trump’s thinking on North Korea.
Helen Fitzwilliam outlines a protection programme to rescue women and children of the ’Ndrangheta, a mafia clan that kills those who dare to betray it.
The former Pakistani foreign minister tells Alan Philps that China is a more reliable partner than the United States.
The internet and multinationals threaten our world order, argues Mark Lyall Grant.
A former chairman of HSBC, lifelong Germanophile and committed Christian, Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint talks about the future of the eurozone, empty cathedrals and what makes Chinese leaders anxious.
Despite Obama’s two terms, the United States is still torn by racial division, writes Bernd Debusmann.
Sarah Marks and Daniel Pick explore the difficulty in pinpointing how radicalization works in practice.
Nick Martin argues for an end to Australia’s policy of detaining refugees.
Oliver McTernan on the challenge of religiously inspired violence.
The World Today was born 70 years ago. In this special anniversary edition, we will be looking at what the past can tell us about the present. In our cover story, Kevin Rudd writes that the rules-based global order inherited from 1945 is changing. Will the US and a rising China work together, or against each other?
Trump may want to get pally, but Putin will stick to his guns, warns Konstantin von Eggert.
The Russian president has centralized power by keeping capitalism in thrall to the state, writes Maxim Trudolyubov.
Putin is whitewashing history to paint himself as the Tsar, writes Konstantin von Eggert.
Sykes and Picot have taken the blame but actually it was a Russian who drew the map of the Middle East, writes Sean McMeekin.
Modern life relies on satellite sytems but they are alarmingly vulnerable to attack as they orbit the Earth. Patricia Lewis explains why defending them from hostile forces is now a primary concern for states.
Allaa Barri looks at initiatives to allow refugees to return to their war-ravaged country.
The West might think it knows best, but it doesn’t, writes Kholoud Mansour.
Why digital companions are replacing best friends for many young people.
Hans Kundnani invites you to have your say as we open the black box of think-tank research.
James Ball on the threat posed by the generation of fake news through artificial intelligence and how it risks undermining our trust in everything.
Fake news, targeted ads and poisonous tweets are distorting opinion around the world. Elena Cresci, a millennial, expresses her loss of faith in social media and asks where it is leading.
Simon Fraser on how the UK can exert influence outside the EU
Simon Fraser outlines the priorities for profitable trading outside the EU
The decision to leave the EU has shaken the foundations of Britain and her role in the world. Quentin Peel sets the scene for a series of articles on Britain’s future.
Sajid Javid looks forward to a closer partnership with Beijing.
H Kumarasingham describes how the Commonwealth holds a special place in the sovereign’s heart.
Guy Hewitt describes how ‘guerrilla diplomacy’ helped save the day.
Women have been written out of the EU debate. Caroline Criado-Perez counts the cost.
The SNP may scent victory but secession is a long way off, writes John Lloyd.
Mark English asks if Britain’s linguistic incompetence has distorted relations with the EU
Nations are trying to connect with more globally minded elements in the US. Leslie Vinjamuri asks if this will save the Atlantic alliance.
Whether the President-elect follows through on his isolationist, anti-liberal, America First rhetoric or adopts a more pragmatic approach in office, there is cause for alarm, writes Adam Quinn.
Daniel T Rodgers charts the rise of the angry right and an anti-politics politician.
The chairman of India’s parliamentary external affairs committee tells Alan Philps that sanctions are a blunt instrument to be used only for a great moral cause
Natalie Samarasinghe looks at how the global body is handling an ‘America First’ president.
Paul Salem looks at how the region will fare if Trump carries out his threatened withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan.
Peter Salisbury says some are profiting from prolonging the conflict.