Matthew Dal Santo
Matthew Dal Santo is an Australian historian and foreign affairs writer resident in Europe and co-founder of the Simone Weil Centre for Political Philosophy. He’s a former fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Yes, to balance China, let’s bring Russia in from the cold
The West’s isolation of Russia has helped Moscow acquiesce in an expanded Chinese presence it would once have resented.
Trump's Warsaw speech: Heed the message, not the messenger
In the uproar over Trump’s speech, is it the borders and civilizations that are resented, or the political duties they imply?
Macron and the uprooting of France
‘Whoever is uprooted themselves,’ wrote Simone Weil, ‘uproots others.’ France will not be a happier country five years from now if the only legacy of a Macron presidency is…
French election a swansong for liberal globalism
Should Macron win, you won't need to be a supporter of Le Pen's to believe that French democracy will be worse off.
The Russian Revolution, a century on
Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II remains a divisive subject, posing unresolved questions about the country’s past and present.
Francois Fillon’s fall from favour
The candidate who stands to gain the most out of the Républicains’ difficulties is the Front National’s Marine Le Pen.
A grand bargain: What Russia now wants from the West
2017 will pose more sharply than at any time since the fall of the Berlin Wall the question of what Russia wants from the United States and the world system more broadly.
Theresa May's Brexit speech ushers in a post-liberal age
‘No’, she said, in words which many still struggle to believe, ‘the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union.’ And with that May upended more than four decades of British…
Russia's revolutionary centenary
For those who would seek to understand Russia today, the Revolution’s unsettled legacy cannot be ignored.