Articles by Robert Cooper
Tony Blair's former foreign affairs adviser considers the ambiguous lessons of the Iraq war. Realpolitik, he finds, is still necessary in a world of power but increasingly unworkable in a world of...
2005 was a big year for international development. But there are strict limits on what outsiders can do to help poor countries. People develop themselves with the help of functioning legal systems...
Who is going to provide public goods in our market-driven societies? Do we need to consciously create a new governing class?
With weapons of mass destruction in private hands, will American power and European co-operation give way to a global police state?
Empire may not be such a dirty word. A co-operative form of it may be the end point of the European idea
The year 1989 was as great a revolution in world affairs as 1789. Europe now unites around the values of free markets and democracy
The greed of the Catholic church allowed Europe to fly
For centuries we have been shaped by war. But, as Nato turns 50, peace is now the natural order in the developed world. Its effect is already evident in the trend away from secrecy and centralisation...
International relations is increasingly about values, identity and powerlessness