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August/September 2020


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10 Race and Empire Curing historical amnesia Kimberly McIntosh

Tackling police racism Champa Patel Q&A Graham Campbell tells how Glasgow marks its links to slavery Big Picture: America on fire Living with controversial statues Tony Barber

20 COVID-19

Preparing for the next pandemic Geun Lee Intensive care on the frontline Sarah Whitehead Bolsonaro's mask slips as Brazil's coronavirus cases skyrocket Elena Lazarou 30 Development aid DFID's values must be upheld as it is swallowed by the Foreign Office Alistair Burt Baraba Castle's project under siege Lisa Martineau 33 Column Weaponizing the dollar threatens to destroy its safe haven status Michael Oresman 34 Corruption Russia and China muscle in on anti-corruption organizations Michael Barrington 36 Tribute Hisham al-Hashimi, the Iraqi security expert shot in Baghdad, is remembered Renad Mansour 40 Uzbekistan An ambitious new housing programme could lead the way forward Michael Sellman 42 Centenary A century on from the formation of the League of Nations, the multilateral system is failing Vassilis Ntousas 45 Mozambique Countering a silent insurgency

Bruno Mourinho

4 Contributors 5 The world in brief including Jargonbuster and shorts 29 Competition The winning entry in our competition answering the question: Does social media make your life better or worse? 42 Date with history The Tulsa massacre

Mariana Vieira 46 Review Q&A with The Anarchy author William Dalrymple

Who follows Merkel? Quentin Peel Reading list: Korea's tyrants and boy bands 50 Culture notes #protestnoweverywhere

Catherine Fieschi

Cover by Jamiel Law

From the Editor Video of the death of George Floyd, with a policeman kneeling on his neck for more than eight agonizing minutes, lit a fire which spread around the world. In this issue, we look at how the global Black Lives Matter movement has forced Britain to question its colonial history and the racism experienced by its minorities.

Kimberly McIntosh highlights the selective amnesia about Britain’s colonialist past, and suggests a way to look at history through a 'clear lens’. Champa Patel sifts through the evidence of over-policing and under-protection of Britain’s black communities from the 1970s to today.

On page 20 Professor Geun Lee extrapolates from South Korea’s experience to draw up a blueprint for resilient societies that are able to function under the continuing threat of COVID-19. The United States, Britain, Brazil and many other countries have a lot to learn.

Donald Trump’s America First policy – drawing away from dealing with world problems through the United Nations and other multilateral forums – is having surprising consequences.

On page 34, Michael Barrington describes how the global fight against corruption is being taken over by China and Russia due to lack of US interest. We also look at the Chatham House archive to draw some lessons from the 1930s, when hopes of the League of Nations overseeing a new era of peace were snuffed out by war.

Seventeen years after the US and Britain invaded, Iraq does not feature much in their news media. If you read one thing about Iraq, it should be Renad Mansour’s moving tribute (page 36) to his friend and colleague Hisham al-Hashimi, who was killed in Baghdad in July.

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