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.
Where do we stand on Covid-19? And how on earth do we get out? In this issue of Prospect, we have something to say in answer to both questions. We invite esteemed historian Margaret MacMillan to paint a panoramic picture of the fallout from seven centuries of catastrophes—from the Black Death to the financial crisis. Economist Dani Rodrik picks up the challenge of President Macron’s recent remarks about the need to reconfigure globalisation. He asks what a new world order would look like if it were built on public health, climate, even human rights. We set Stephen Buranyi to work to find out what the Germans have got right on the testing and tracing front, and the obstacles the UK faces in emulating their success. And what of Sweden’s big gamble? The jury is still out. Also in the magazine, a profile of Booker-winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo, James Graham on parliament in the age of Zoom and Ferdinand Mount on whether Machiavelli was mad, bad or just not very original.