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April/May 2021


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8 Rebirth of the city

How five cities are planning to emerge from the pandemic,

greener, healthier and more welcoming Helen Fitzwilliam

Architects have learnt that a city's reilience cannot rely on the economic benefit of the few David Adjaye

16 Interview Angela Saini, the science journalist and author,

debunks speculation that racial disparities and Covid outcomes are genetic 19 Column Algorithms could one day end prejudice Francesca Sutton 20 Indo-Pacific Things are changing rapidly in the region as countries cluster amid rising tension Cleo Paskal Britain sets its sights east of Suez once again Richard Whitman Peer's verdict on Britain's Integrated Review Baroness Anelay of St Johns 26 Nuclear disarmament A new way of mapping the complexity of nuclear arms control Patricia Lewis 29 Asia Singapore and Britain: two paths through the pandemic Andreea Gavrila The trade in trafficked brides Gareth Price 32 New Zealand How the Kiwis kicked Covid into touch Charlotte Graham-McLay 34 United States John Kerry's challenge in restoring America's climate credibility Rebecca Peters Biden needs to win over Trump's alienated followers Georg Löfllmann Hopes for dramatic change in America's immigration policy should be tempered Daniel Strieff 39 China How podcasters are beating Beijing's censors Pratik Jakhar 40 Europe Will Putin march on Ukraine? Konstantin Eggert The forgotten grandfather of European union Martyn Bond

4 Contributors 5 The world in brief including Jargonbuster and shorts 45 Date with history François Mitterrand rises to power Denis MacShane 46 Review Devastation caused by the palm oil plantations Chloe King Ergodan's grip on the Balkans Hannah Lucinda Smith Reading list: Indo-Pacific, life between two oceans 50 Culture notes Jabs start a vaccine fight Catherine Fieschi Cover by Doug John Miller

From the Director This is the last issue of The World Today that Alan Philps will produce as editor.

Alan took over as editor in with the objective of relaunching the magazine and transforming its purpose and appeal. He has succeeded on all fronts.

Alan introduced new features, including interviews with key policymakers and influencers, such as Juan Manuel Santos and Sir David Attenborough, and tackled a creative range of topics from D printing, to who owns London’s skyline, to the legacy of the Great War.

In addition, the magazine has, crucially, become a champion of new voices and, despite a tough media environment, subscriptions are on the rise and the magazine has developed new relationships with schools and colleges.

I speak for all of Alan’s colleagues at the institute and the many contributors with whom he worked regularly over these past ten years when I say that we will sorely miss his calm and creative presence. But we celebrate with him his legacy of an engaging and high-quality magazine on today’s world that has never been more needed.

In closing, I am delighted to welcome Roxanne Escobales as the magazine’s new editor. Her first issue will be in June/ July . Robin Niblett, Director and Chief Executive of Chatham House


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