Anthony Barnett


Anthony Barnett was one of the early Fellows of TNI, from 1978 to 1983, working on Vietnam and Cambodia. He left TNI after he wrote Iron Britannia about the Malvinas/Falklands conflict and focussed on UK politics and journalism, writing for the New Statesman and the Guardian. He was the first director of Charter 88 from 1988 to 1995. It called for Britain to embrace a European style codified constitution and influenced the New Labour Government’s reforms after 1997. Along with others he began planning openDemocracy in 1999 in response to the rise of globalisation and its accompanying depoliticisation of politics. They launched it in May 2001. He was its founding editor until 2007 and continues to write regularly for it. His most recent book is The Lure of Greatness: England’s Brexit and America’s Trump.

Recent articles:

I've had a good election - recovering from heart surger

My Emperor’s leaflets: time for open-heart surgery

Higher education should be about love and justice

The next one hundred years – a salute for Agnes Heller