TMR 198: Adeyinka Makinde: Russia and Britain: An Enduring But Fruitless Rivalry
A wide-ranging interview with Julian Charles of The Mind Renewed about my essay, “Russia and Britain: An Enduring But Fruitless Rivalry”. The article posits the chronology of Anglo-Russian relations as a recurring clash of civilisatisions which has been fuelled by cultural differences, imperial ambition and ideological antagonism. But it is a relationship, I argue, that could be changed for the better if Britain opted out of the United States-led geo-strategy aimed at aggressively maintaining American global hegemony. Britain should instead embrace the idea of multi-polarity through which it could serve as a bridge between the West and a surgent Eurasian new world order within which Russia is destined to be a key player.
Julian Charles: Hello everybody! Julian Charles here of The Mind Renewed dot Com coming to you as usual from the depths of the Lancashire countryside here in the UK, and today I’m delighted to welcome back yet again the lawyer and university lecturer Adeyinka Makinde, who has joined us a couple of times in the past to discuss various things of geopolitical and historical interest and importance. Adeyinka trained for the law as a barrister. He lectures in criminal law and public law at a university in London, and has research interests in intelligence and security matters. He is regularly published online writing on international relations, politics and military history, and has served as a programme consultant and provided expert commentary for BBC World Service Radio, China Radio International and the Voice of Russia. Adeyinka, thanks very much for coming back to The Mind Renewed, great to speak to you.
Adeyinka Makinde: It’s a pleasure Julian.