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A Godless Society Runs The Risk of Failing to Understand its History

With religious apathy on the rise in Europe, current and future generations... Read More

Liberal Democracy isn’t Finished, but its Advocates Need to Understand its Progress isn’t Inevitable

After Vladimir Putin’s latest resounding victory in the recent Russian presidential election,... Read More

The Disappearing Sense of Shame Once Felt at Consorting with Extremists is Worrying

If they are to avoid denunciation and prove themselves heirs to a... Read More

Complaints About Foreign Meddling in American Elections are Hypocritical – for The US is One The Worst Culprits

If there is one country that has interfered with elections and the... Read More

How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Soros Way

George Soros is at it again. The billionaire American financier famous –... Read More

The Global Appetite for Political Disruption Remains Undimmed

They said a real estate mogul with an implausible bouffant and a... Read More

The Folly of Making Predictions (or, what we got wrong in 2017)

If 2017 was a year of political turbulence and upset, it was... Read More

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Mr Sholto Byrnes

Mr. Sholto Byrnes is a commentator and analyst with over 20 years’ experience in journalism at the national and international level. His past roles have included being Chief Interviewer and Columnist at the Independent, Senior Editor at the New Statesman, and Editor of Qatar Foundation's quarterly international magazine.

He has reported from a variety of countries including the US, Malaysia and Indonesia, and his work has appeared in almost every major UK publication, as well as in newspapers around the world, from the Jakarta Globe and the South China Morning Post, to The National, Abu Dhabi, for which he writes a weekly International Affairs column. He has also provided television and radio commentary for the BBC and Al Jazeera.

He was awarded both his BA and MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2009.

His interests include nation-building in Malaysia, established and emerging democracies in Muslim-majority countries, and Southeast Asian and international relations.


Published Articles

A godless society runs the risk of failing to understand its history

A Godless Society Runs The Risk of Failing to Understand its History

28 March 2018
With religious apathy on the rise in Europe, current and future generations might fail to appreciate their heritage and a common language of cultural markers...
Liberal democracy isn’t finished

Liberal Democracy isn’t Finished, but its Advocates Need to Understand its Progress isn’t Inevitable

20 March 2018
After Vladimir Putin’s latest resounding victory in the recent Russian presidential election, and the removal of barriers to long-term office-holding for China’s Xi Jinping, the...
The disappearing sense

The Disappearing Sense of Shame Once Felt at Consorting with Extremists is Worrying

13 March 2018
If they are to avoid denunciation and prove themselves heirs to a kinder, more inclusive tradition, conservative parties must do all they can to distance...
Complaints about foreign meddling in American elections are hypocritical

Complaints About Foreign Meddling in American Elections are Hypocritical – for The US is One The Worst Culprits

20 October 2018
If there is one country that has interfered with elections and the choice of leaders around the world more than any other, it is the...
How to win friends and influence people, the Soros way

How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Soros Way

13 February 2018
George Soros is at it again. The billionaire American financier famous – or more properly, infamous – for "breaking the Bank of England" in 1992...
The global appetite for political disruption remains undimmed

The Global Appetite for Political Disruption Remains Undimmed

06 February 2018
They said a real estate mogul with an implausible bouffant and a reality television show could never become US president. They said that a maverick...
The folly of making predictions (or, what we got wrong in 2017)

The Folly of Making Predictions (or, what we got wrong in 2017)

02 January 2018
If 2017 was a year of political turbulence and upset, it was perhaps not surprisingly also one in which many predictions proved false. Underlying this...