William Shawcross is a widely renowned British writer and broadcaster. His articles have appeared in the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Washington Post and the Sydney Morning Herald. His books include Dubcek (1970), Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia (1979), The Shah’s Last Ride (1989) and Deliver Us From Evil: Warlords and Peacekeepers in a World of Endless Conflict (2001). He wrote and presented BBC television series Monarchy in 1995 and Queen and Country in 2002. On 9 September 2010 he shared his thoughts on recent developments in UK and US politics with The Sydney Institute. The paper which follows has been taken from an edited transcript of the talk.

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