Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Kyiv, June 2022
In a 50-minute special, I joined Times Radios’ Darryl Morris on Sunday morning to analyze the week’s developments from Ukraine to the UK to India.
I begin with the inside story of a good week for Ukraine at the NATO Summit, with a path laid out for accession after the defeat of the Russian invasion and a series of commitments of military and financial aid.
Noting how this was undermined by UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace’s irritated statement that Ukrainians should show some gratitude for the help, I look at his future after his departure from the post later this year.
Staying with UK politics, I consider the practical and electoral value of Labour leader Keir Starmer’s message pursuing credibility and responsibility on economic issues — but note that he is only limiting damage when he avoids any mention of rejoining the European Union’s single market.
After a brief explanation of the strike by TV and film actors and screenwriters in Hollywood, I conclude with a look at India’s effective power politics as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the US and then France in the past three weeks.