“Christ, I miss the Cold War,” hisses Judi Dench while playing the role of ‘M’ in the 2006 James Bond reboot, Casino Royale. Well, I couldn’t agree more – not that I was alive for any of it, but the nice divide between East and West and the simplicity of pitting Capitalism against Communism is deeply appealing at the moment. 

Of course, the fact that ancient tribal interests and religious divisions were entirely secondary concerns in that era, and treated as issues that were kicked down the road or whose importance dismissed entirely, is a cause of many of the catastrophes we’ve faced in recent times, but still – it would be nice to have that straightforward split down the middle of Karl Marx vs. Ronald McDonald. 

Yet while I feel a pang for modern Western diplomats who have to navigate the increasingly murky waters of international relations, I have greater sympathy for the likes of Georgia and Ukraine. Having…

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