Book Talk: Someone Else’s Empire

At least since 2003 and Tony Blair’s decision to join the Bush administration in the invasion of Iraq, agreement with US international agendas and decisions has been the guiding light of British foreign and security policy. This has been true even when these decisions have clearly contradicted Britain’s own interests, and to an extent that earlier British leaders (including even Margaret Thatcher) would have found unacceptable. To unpick the reasons for this subservience, and explore key aspects of the US hegemony that Britain serves, Anatol Lieven, director of the Eurasia Program at the Quincy Institute, was joined by Tom Stevenson, author of Someone Else’s Empire: British Illusions and American Hegemony (Verso 2023).


Tom Stevenson

Tom Stevenson is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books where he writes about energy, defense and international politics. He has reported from Ukraine, the Middle East and North Africa for the LRB, Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times and the BBC.

Anatol Lieven

Dr. Anatol Lieven directs the Eurasia Program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He was formerly a professor at Georgetown University in Qatar and in the War Studies Department of King’s College London. From 1985 to 1998, Lieven worked as a journalist in South Asia, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and covered the wars in Afghanistan, Chechnya and the southern Caucasus.