Prospect has acquired a reputation as the most intelligent magazine of current affairs and cultural debate in Britain. Both challenging and entertaining, the magazine seeks to make complex ideas accessible and enjoyable by commissioning the best writers, editing them vigorously and packaging their work in a well designed and illustrated magazine.
Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban. In the aftermath Anatol Lieven argues that, after 20 years in the country, intervention was ultimately always doomed to fail—and that sets a dangerous precedent for western influence in other parts of the world. With the focus back on the rights of women in the country, Jessica Abrahams asks what a genuine feminist foreign policy might look like. Elsewhere, with the Greens entering government in Scotland for the first time anywhere in the UK, Andrew Gamble asks: might the Green Party be the new progressive force in left wing politics? Miranda France examines the darkness visible in a new retrospective of works by Portuguese artist Paula Rego, and Freya Johnston reviews Sally Rooney’s highly anticipated third novel. Plus: the winner of this year’s Top Thinkers Award is revealed.