2016 has been a rotten year. At least it has been so for anyone who likes Western liberal values. It has been the year when the core of the Anglo-Saxon sphere, the United States and the United Kingdom, the foremost champions of liberal values, have democratically decided to give up on those values. The United Kingdom has decided by referendum that it cares more about keeping hard-working European immigrants out of the country than it cares about its place in the world. And the United States has decided in a presidential election that the liberal world order it has built since WW2 and which has underpinned American power for over 70 years should end, because paranoid navel-gazing was more important.
No one has had more cause to celebrate this year than Russia’s Vladimir Putin. As the countries of the NATO sphere of influence are ripping themselves apart in this culture war, just about everything is going Mr Putin’s wayDr Azeem Ibrahim