In peacekeeping, the transition period is the most dangerous time. It is the time when the factions who have been at war vie for power, and when extremists try to make the most of the vacuum, to derail the peace and seize power. In the case of Rwanda, by the time the peacekeepers arrived it was already too late for peacekeeping.
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With just a few days to go until the first issue of the new decade, does anyone recognise the stern figure on our February cover?
'Fiona Shaw, in Jonathan Miller’s production, is the best shrew I have seen. She starts off in a mustard yellow dress with a mustard sharp tongue.'
From the archive, Kate Kellaway on a 1988 production of 'The Taming of the Shrew'.
'He was not a revolutionary at all of course. He was only marginally a socialist. His tradition was rooted in the Liberal aristocracy, and his politics were entirely bounded by Parliament.'
From the archive, Paul Foot on Tony Benn's diaries.