Sumantra Maitra is a columnist, and doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham, UK. His research is in great-power politics and Neorealism. He also regularly writes for The National Interest, The Federalist, and Quillette Magazine, and edits Bombs and Dollars.

Why Everyone Loves a Royal Wedding

Why are people so obsessed with the news that Prince Harry is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle? I live in the U.K. and even I am surprised by the excitement that the news generated. I have seen this among my U.K editors, who are by no means monarchist, as well as my American colleagues, … Continued


‘Poldark’ is Everything Wrong with Our Therapeutic Times

The most painful thing for an academic is to watch period dramas, and I am starting to think I should actively avoid them. The recent experience I’ve had has been traumatic, and I don’t think I ever had such a disappointing run, whether with movies or TV shows. It started with the Gunpowder Plot on … Continued


‘Stranger Things’ and Eighties Nostalgia

There was no mistaking the distinctive voice of Vincent Price in the trailer for the new season of the Netflix show Stranger Things, nor could viewers miss the many references to the 1980s—from Ghostbusters to the pleasures of arcade games. Although I was born in 1983, a year after Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released, I … Continued


Hillary Clinton Cashes in On Failure

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger,” Hillary Clinton writes in her new memoir, What Happened. Because she is a postmodern egalitarian, she attributes the quote both to Nietzsche and Kelly Clarkson. The book is supposed to answer the question that vexed a majority of academics, think tank fellows, the media and (if … Continued


‘Realpolitik’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die…” In that line, delivered in the first season of HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister chillingly reminds Ned Stark of one of the most fundamental, survivalist truth of politics. And yet, for a show that has come to define nearly a … Continued


A Tale of Two Statues: The Confederate and the Queen

If you walk through the central Maidan region of Kolkata, erstwhile Calcutta, the capital of the British Raj, the first thing that comes into view is the gigantic Makrana marbled Victoria Memorial Hall, complete with statues of Lord Curzon and the Queen Empress herself. The entire area was designed to mirror Buckingham Palace Road. Walk … Continued