February 2021

R3trospect exclusive for March

Welsh pride

Having endured Roman invaders, Norman conquerors, two world wars and the English monarchy, Wales’s identity is in good stead to prevail in the face of contemporary challenges.

Feature articles

The Trump years

On 20th January 2017, America’s new president promised change. Trump promised to ‘faithfully execute’ the Constitution: he nearly did, but with an entirely different meaning to the word.

Merkel’s legacy

Whoever leads the Bundestag into the future has the task of continuing the legacy of one of the great 21st century politicians.

Turkey’s foreign policy

President Erdogan’s combative foreign policy poses a new challenge for regional relations in the Middle East and global democracy.

Message from the editors

Last month, Donald Trump bowed out of the presidency in predictably dramatic fashion, maintaining that the election had been “stolen” from him and inciting a violent insurrection at the Capitol by his supporters. Trump leaves office being the only president to be impeached on two occassions: once for manipulating the Ukrainian government to assist him in his re-election efforts, and once for going to war with democracy itself.

Sam Portillo and Will Jones relive the “bigly” historic four years in which Trump occupied the White House, and how it culminated in a deeply-shocking and yet wholly predictable conflict in Washington, D.C.

Sam Feierabend reflects on the imminent departure of another world leader: 16-year Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. Daisy Olyett discusses the worrying developments in Turkey, as their strongman leader Erdogan imposes a new, bullish foreign policy on the surrounding region.

We also visit Spain, Israel, Brazil and Myanmar in this month’s issue of R3trospect.



Africa and Middle East

The Americas

Asia and Oceania