Russia and the West

I fully support Regina Rini’s Ukraine anxieties (Afterthoughts, March 25), but does David Hume’s preference for the passions over reason really suggest NATO – the West – should have been less speculative? First, it is Putin who has been guided by his passions. The West has rationally weighed its options. Second, it’s not true that … Read more

East meets West

The series of meetings that took place outside Beijing in September 1793 between Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Great State and George Macartney, envoy from George III, did not go well. Macartney’s insistence that full respect be shown to his monarch ruffled Manchu feathers, and the emperor’s categorical refusal to make trade or diplomatic concessions … Read more