Contemporary Review

Founded in 1866, Contemporary Review is a scholarly journal published quarterly. Contemporary Review Company Ltd. owns and publishes this journal, and its editorial headquarters is in Oxford, United Kingdom.Contemporary Review covers a number of topics, including politics, international affairs, literature, art and art history. Its region and its audience are international. Dr. Richard Mullen is the editor; Dr. Alex Kerr is the managing editor; Dr. James Munson is the literary editor; and Anselma Bruce is the associate editor. James LoGerfo, Robin Findlay and Charles Foster are the editorial advisers.

Articles from Vol. 291, No. 1692, Spring

Blue Men and Yellowcake: The Struggle of the Tuaregs in Mali and Niger
'TRAVELLING across the desert at this time maybe dangerous', Elaga our guide warns us. 'It is perhaps better to stay for now in Timbuktu'. We are in Mali planning to drive across the Sahara to Algeria. News has just reached us of the kidnap of four...
Bonington's Coastal Scenes
THE Winter exhibition of Regency watercolourists at the Courtauld Gallery reminded one that Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-28) merits more attention than he is at present paid. He stands out even in the company of Turner. Turner in all his magnificence...
Geert Wilders: An Interview with the Netherlands' Controversial Politician
Editor's Note: Contemporary Review is fortunate to have secured an incisive interview with the Dutch politician Geert Wilders before he became the centre of a controversy when he was not allowed to enter Britain. In a letter of 10 February the Home...
In Search of the Ethos of the Modern British Comprehensive School
MY quest is the identification of the spirit and beliefs instilled into pupils by the main provider of secondary education in Britain, the all-inclusive secular comprehensive. Those doing the instilling are the teachers, more particularly the school...
Ivor Gurney: From Triumph to Tragedy
SCRATCH below the surface and there is usually an element of tragedy in the life of every creative artist--unfulfilled dreams, thwarted plans, intractable problems, too many roads not taken. But some artistic lives seem to contain more tragedy than...
Last Sight of Kashmir's Melting Glaciers
AT first sight, viewed from the bottom of the valley, Kolahoi glacier looks like little more than a smear of Vaseline. I might not even have noticed it at first, if it wasn't for the contrast with the dark rock of the surrounding mountain: I certainly...
Poverty in Bangladesh's Crowded Capital
DHAKA is the capital of Bangladesh and with its surrounding area has a population of twelve million people and life in its shanty towns is a perpetual struggle. The Bashantek-Kafrul-Mirpur area is a neglected locality of Dhaka city, which has, over...
Russian Irredentism after the Georgian Blitzkrieg
RUSSIA has emerged from the war with Georgia in August 2008 with considerable strategic challenges: it is becoming clear that the rule of force is relapsing in the post-Soviet area. Having withdrawn from the Armed Forces in Europe Treaty in 2007, Russia...
Scotland: Less Fun in Minority Government
THIS was to have been Scotland's year of celebration, if all went according to the plans of the Scottish National Party minority Government led by the flamboyant populist Alex Salmond. It hoped to continue its success in the devolved Parliament at...
The China-Africa Partnership: Working for Whom?
EVEN the most blinkered of us cannot have failed to notice that over recent years the Chinese presence throughout Africa has increased quite dramatically and to use the acceptable, contemporary, language of recent years China and Africa are in a 'partnership'...
The EU Confronts the Irish Rejection of the Lisbon Treaty
THE problem with any form of direct democracy is that inevitably it will result at some point in saturation and voter fatigue, a distinct form of political ennui. Asking the mass of the people constantly what they think about sometimes arcane, and...
The Global Gun Culture
SMALL arms are the real global 'weapons of mass destruction'. While attention is focused on the risks of potential nuclear, chemical and biological warfare, small arms are the main weapons of daily destruction. Small arms and light weapons (SALW) were...
The World of Paperbacks
In his day Rudolf Nureyev was not just a famous ballet dancer but a household name. In Rudolf Nureyev: The Life ([pounds sterling]9.99), published by PENGUIN BOOKS, Julie Kavanagh, ballet critic and author of the biography of Sir Frederick Ashton,...
Yasmina Reza: From 'Art' to 'The God of Carnage'
THERE'S a moment in Dawn, Dusk or Night, a detailed chronicle of Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign for the French Presidency in 2007, where the future leader introduces the book's author to a former President: 'You know Yasmina Reza?' he asks. No surprise,...