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RICHARD BARRY ROBIN BLACKBURN is an editor of the New Left Review and teaches at the University of Essex MARK COUSINS is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books) MICHAEL COVENEY STEPHEN EVERSON
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is a theatre critic
is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind
Global intellectuals poll results
is a fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University
JOHN GOLDTHORPE DAVID HERMAN has produced television programmes with Noam Chomsky, and is a regular contributor to Prospect G JOHN IKENBERRY
For and against Chomsky
ROBIN BLACKBURN VS OLIVER KAMM
is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University is a former MP
ROBERT JACKSON OLIVER KAMM
is the author of AntiTotalitarianism: the Left-Wing Case for a Neoconservative Foreign Policy (Social Affairs Unit)
Is the world’s top public intellectual a brilliant expositor of linguistics and the US’s duplicitous foreign policy? Or a reﬂexive anti-American, cavalier with his sources?
ERIC KAUFMANN is a lecturer in politics and sociology at Birkbeck College TIM KING
is a writer living in France
JÜRGEN KRÖNIG is British correspondent for Die Zeit
10 India joins the west
24 States of development
is author of Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century (4th Estate)
MARK LEONARD BEN LEWIS
Last month saw a small revolution.
presents BBC4’s Art Safari is deputy editor
10 Meadow is innocent
of Prospect is the author of The State They’re In (ITDG Publishing)
Roy Meadow should not have been struck off the medical register.
Many have argued that the key to development in Africa is more ﬁnancial aid and more democracy. But Africa’s real problem has been a lack of properly functioning states.
30 A weaker world 12 Angela’s hour
JÜRGEN KRÖNIG G JOHN IKENBERRY
is creative business editor of the Financial Times
GAUTAM MALKANI ALEX MCBRIDE LEWIS PAGE’s
is a criminal barrister
book Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs: Blundering and Waste in the Armed Forces will be published by William Heinemann in January 2006
Germany’s grand coalition has a decent chance of pushing reform.
Global and regional governance bodies are suffering a crisis of late middle age. Is this a legitimacy problem, or is US unilateralism to blame?
13 The new unionism
34 Critical clowns
RAJ PERSAUD is Gresham professor for the public understanding of psychiatry EDWARD SKIDELSKY
Northern Ireland’s recent violence reﬂects unionism’s modernisation.
is a writer living
15 Habermas vs the Pope
High culture and serious critics have become marginalised in the mass media. Critical clowns have stormed the citadel of Shaw, Tynan and Porter.
is professor of mathematics at Warwick University The Prince of the Marshes will be published in May 2006
The darling of the 68ers and Benedict XVI ﬁnd their common ground.
38 Time for a deal
16 Perpetuum mobile?
next book A Royal Affair will be published in March 2006
Social mobility does not work as most people imagine.
Tony Blair’s ﬁnal chance to leave a lasting mark on Britain’s relations with the EU is to trade in our rebate for a decisive reform of the CAP.
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44 Losing the south
When I was deputy governor of two southern Iraqi provinces last year, we tried to create a tolerant, modern society. Then the Islamic parties won most of the seats in the election—and the dream collapsed.
70 The evolution of insanity
Sebastian Faulks’s new novel should be judged not by his earlier books, but by the quality of its ideas.
50 Plugging the energy gap
Britain must start work on about 30 new power stations to stop the lights going out in 2025. Private companies now take the investment decisions, but can government help?
Three stages of cinema design.
72 Private view
Deconstructing photography. COLUMNS
77 Musical notes
8 True stories
It was so good I walked out. FICTION
A barrister’s boo-boo.
56 Paki 18 Lab report
PHILIP BALL GAUTAM MALKANI
80 Cultural tourist
Canongate vs HarperCollins. Plus under the radar.
Can we predict earthquakes?
Don’t u b tellin any a us pakis dat we b pakis like our paki bredren from Pakistan.
42 Washington watch
FORTHCOMING INTERVIEW Fran Abrams on bad behaviour in schools Michael Williams on Chris Patten Understanding the ten commandments by Robin Fox Alun Anderson interviews John Krebs on science and society
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Is George Bush boozing again?
62 Alan Hollinghurst 49 France profonde
TIM KING STELLA TILLYARD
There is no French Richard Dawkins.
Last year’s Booker winner reveals his favourite novel—and not much more. REVIEWS
55 Brussels diary
Barroso’s a renegade Anglo-Saxon.
66 The enigma of simplicity
4 Letters 6 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 11 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
Alan Bennett is a national treasure. The more complex he becomes, the more we love his plainness.
68 A new model army?
One of Britain’s ﬁnest generals hints at a radical reordering of the armed forces. Unfortunately, he only hints.
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