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Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng holds a folder that reads "The Growth Plan 2022"
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng holds a folder that reads "The Growth Plan 2022"

Is the British Economy in a Doom Loop?

The currency value has fallen to a historic low, but the bigger problem may be investors opting out of government bonds.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England, on Sept. 23.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England, on Sept. 23.

Liz Truss Wants to Be Thatcher. She’s Not.

The new prime minister is making Britain look like Argentina—in more ways than one.

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.

Britain’s Golden Era With China Is Well and Truly Dead

Liz Truss’s administration is the nail in the coffin for friendly ties with Beijing.

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18:  Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales  attends day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England, on June 18, 2013.
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales attends day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England, on June 18, 2013.

How Rich Are Britain’s Royals?

The House of Windsor owns huge tracks of land and all the swans in the country. What does that even mean?

A person in a gray t-shirt checks plants.
A person in a gray t-shirt checks plants.

Who’s Afraid of Gene-Edited Crops?

A new U.K. bill is a chance at food security—if Britain can get past unfounded fears.

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Can Ukraine Win the War Yet Lose Its Economy?

Plus: The economics of the British monarchy.

A black and white photo shows a younger Queen Elizabeth II shaking hands with people in traditional dress in Ghana.
A black and white photo shows a younger Queen Elizabeth II shaking hands with people in traditional dress in Ghana.

Queen Elizabeth II Wasn’t Innocent of Her Empire’s Sins

The late queen incarnated and ably helped sell her nation and its system while never criticizing or apologizing for its past.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a primetime speech at Independence National Historical Park Sept. 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a primetime speech at Independence National Historical Park Sept. 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

What Does Biden’s Confrontational Speech Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Framing geopolitics in terms of democracy and autocracy won’t necessarily help bring peace.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles at the Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2009.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles at the Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2009.

Queen Elizabeth II Was a Pillar of Stability in Tumultuous Times

Her successor will need to adapt while also protecting the age-old magic of the monarchy.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1961.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1961.

A Queen for the Ages

Through tragedy and tumult, Queen Elizabeth II was a model of constancy. Her death will have important repercussions for the monarchy and the future of the United Kingdom.

U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

A Special Trade Relationship?

A free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom looks unlikely, but they should find common ground in a progressive alliance.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson Leaves Behind a Toxic Legacy in Scotland

The next British prime minister will inherit an intractable constitutional stalemate.

English diver Tom Daley carries the Queen’s Baton.
English diver Tom Daley carries the Queen’s Baton.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.

Liz Truss Is Ready to Flex London’s Muscles Abroad

Britain’s likely next prime minister is a foreign-policy hard-liner.

Boris Johnson drives a digger through a fake wall during a general election campaign event at JCB construction company on Dec. 10, 2019 in Uttoxeter, United Kingdom.
Boris Johnson drives a digger through a fake wall during a general election campaign event at JCB construction company on Dec. 10, 2019 in Uttoxeter, United Kingdom.

Boris Johnson’s Fall Gives Brexit a Chance to Succeed

Rather than kowtow to the anti-EU right, the next Conservative leader should return to Theresa May’s pragmatic vision of Brexit—or risk electoral obliteration in 2024.

Johnson and Zelensky in Kyiv
Johnson and Zelensky in Kyiv

Will British Security Policy Take a New Turn After Boris Johnson?

London is Europe’s defense heavyweight and Ukraine’s stalwart supporter. For now, that’s the consensus.

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