Throughout the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, words such as faithful, dutiful, and loving have been used to describe the now 70-year reign of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. These have been accompanied by both explicit and implicit calls to emulate her.
With those words—“Her Majesty’s Government will…”—the speech from the throne was not read by the monarch. For the first time since the beginning of the present reign, this important address to Parliament was read for her by her 74-year-old son, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
In late winter and early spring 1947, Reinhold Niebuhr visited Europe and wrote short editorials for Christianity and Crisis as he traveled. In the following correspondences, the first coming from Scotland and the second coming from somewhere in the United Kingdom, he offers brief reflections on different current events.
This new edition of Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World by Lela Gilbert shows that the international religious freedom advocate is not slowing down, and her recent ventures take several additional chapters to describe.
In the case of Taiwan, however, disproportionate focus on the Cold War can obscure other historical cases, such as Britain’s commitment to Belgium, that provide useful lessons for preventing geopolitical catastrophe.
The US should continue to use public diplomacy so that the world does not get distracted and knows that Russia is the aggressor. But Washington must also be prepared with sanctions and other tools in case these efforts fail.