The power of negotiation

Diplomatic successes have convinced George Mitchell and Jonathan Powell that seemingly irreconcilable differences can be bridged

The pivot to America

Edward Luce considers Barack Obama’s foreign policy record and the task facing his successor as US president

Books essay: How to be good

Biologists and philosophers offer different answers on how altruism can flourish

A world of difference

How should governments respond to inequality? By Martin Wolf

Coming to terms with coalitions

Bill Emmott considers the legacy of the Tory-Lib Dem experiment

Armenia’s genocide

Personal testimony and scholarly research leave no doubt that the massacre of Armenians that began 100 years ago this month was genocide

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Scottish independence: a dream deferred

Defeat has, if anything, energised nationalists, says Mure Dickie

The statue of Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) at the University of Cape Town
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Man Booker International Prize

Hedley Twidle reflects on the shortlist for 2015

Kim and country

Artifice and dissembling have long been daily requirements for those seeking to escape — or just survive — life in North Korea. Review by Simon Mundy

Rise of the machines: should we fear them?

What happens when ultra-intelligent computers begin to improve themselves? Don’t assume that they’ll have our best interests at heart, warns Stephen Cave