In this issue


The missing centre In a world imperilled by extremists and populists, the political centre is more vital than ever. But it will have to change to succeed Matthew d’Ancona


Witness to history Norma Percy has perfected the art of documentary filmmaking. In the disinformation age, her method faces new challenges Samira Shackle

Is this how globalisation ends? Our hyperglobalised economy survived the financial crisis, Trump and Covid. Now it faces a new kind of threat Barry Eichengreen

The forgotten Tired of western efforts to isolate Bashar al-Assad, Arab nations are embracing him once again. Who will now speak for the Syrians he betrayed? Lizzie Porter

Voice of the people As a crucial referendum approaches, Australia must grapple with centuries of historic injustice— and decide what sort of a country it hopes to be Martin Flanagan