It was good to catch up with Nick Burns in London this morning. Nick, an expert speaker on geopolitics, was passing through, en route to the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Normandy Landings.
He has been speaking a lot lately on the lessons we can learn from the crisis in Ukraine, and Russia’s attempts to mask its decline as a power with eye catching manoeuvres abroad. In the next few months he will be in China and India. Nick is upbeat about Narendra Modi’s potential to re-invigorate India’s economy.
He was less impressed by Barack Obama’s recent foreign policy set-piece at West Point; there is now a cross-party consensus in the US that Obama’s retreat from Bush era foreign adventures has gone too far, and begun to damage America’s credibility as the world’s leading power.