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Maybe the World Hasn’t Changed That Much
Robert Skidelsky
Moscow Times | Friday, November 23, 2001

It is fashionable to say that the suicide bombing of New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11 has profoundly changed the world. All press comment has been based on this assumption, with appropriately "deep" analyses of its effects on international relations, the world economy, globalization and so on.
I want to introduce a skeptical note. The historian Alan Taylor, writing about the origins of World War I, denied that great events always have great causes. I want to amend this: Great events do not always have great consequences. Sept. 11 changes the international landscape, but not by as much as one might think.
Francis Fukuyama, in his now much-derided "End of History" thesis, in essence predicted that the 21st

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‘Kosovo and Russia’s Place in International Relations
Robert Skidelsky
Moscow Times | Saturday, July 24, 1999

The Nato action in Kosovo raises three questions for international relations. Was it legal? Was it just? And was it prudent? I will concentrate mainly on the third question, because this is most directly to do with Russia’s place in the international system. But first let me say something about the first two.
Was it legal?
The short answer is no. The Nato bombing of Yugoslavia was not authorised by the Security Council. It was an act of aggression against a sovereign state and was contrary to international law. For an authoritative statment of existing international law I quote O. Schachter,International Law in Theory and Practice, 1991, p.128:
‘International law does not, and should not, legitimise the use of force across national

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