Robert Skidelsky

Robert Skidelsky


Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. In Norman Stone’s words, “This three-volume life of the British economist should be given a Nobel Prize for History if there was such a thing”. Robert is the author of the The World After Communism (1995). He was made a life peer in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

Robert has given countless speeches at conferences, the Social Market Foundation and elsewhere. Most recently, he addressed the House of Lords on currency fluctuations in November 2016.

Robert Skidelsky @RSkidelsky

Our governments have given up the attempt to censor our morals but are continually creating new crimes against national security. My column for @ProSyn:

The UK’s attempt to criminalize several tactics used by climate protesters, such as blocking roads or chaining oneself to famous works of art, is part of a broader push to curtail civil liberties, writes @RSkidelsky.

Techonology and The Human Future.

Tomorrow in Istanbul.

We are all to some extent captives of our national myths, says @RSkidelsky. But Russian mythology is out of step with what the writer Pyotr Chaadayev called “the universal education of mankind.”

Finland and Sweden have applied for NATO membership. But joining the Alliance is more likely to weaken than enhance their security and that of Europe, argues @RSkidelsky.

I would like to correct two factual errors: I have never been 'in the pay' of the Russian government. I resigned from the board of Rusneft, a private company, in December 2021.

Application by Finland to join NATO would be a catastrophic mistake. It would break its 1948 neutrality pact with Russia. the mutually accepted and observed basis of its independence [1 of 3]

Heavy economic sanctions on Russia risk enlarging the war not ending it. My column for @ProSyn:

Let’s not lose all sense of history: in this indefensible war, Putin “the monster” is partly a creation of appalling western diplomacy and Nato expansion. Here's my letter to @FinancialTimes about the war in #Ukraine.

Join our lecture with Lord @RSkidelsky!
The talk will shed new light on the dream of machinery & the dichotomy of liberation versus control, offering a challenging account of what it means to pursue the good life in the age of the machines. #IWM40

All countries treat the Olympic Games as a symbol of national strength, not of peace, notes @RSkidelsky. So, it is no surprise that the current Beijing Winter Olympics symbolize conflict instead of unity.

On @ProSyn arguing that weaponisation of the Olympic Games by powerful nations has destroyed the Olympic Spirit of using the Games to 'erect bridges, not walls'.

My letter on today’s @thetimes: “Sir,
In discussing the possible 'finlandisation' of Ukraine, your leader (Times,11 February) correctly states that for great powers to enforce  such a policy on Ukraine would be 'unacceptable'.

Here’s my appearance yesterday on @RT_com about the Ukraine crisis.

It is a real triumph of Western diplomacy to have driven Russia into the arms of China.

Stop war talk and start diplomacy talk. Here's my letter with David Owen on Ukraine for @FinancialTimes

Why is Liz Truss making public MI6 reports on Ukraine saying Russia is plotting a coup in Kiev? The last MI6 report published—on Saddam Husein's non-existent  'weapons of mass destruction’—got us into a war in Iraq.

Russia could do one thing to avert war in the Ukraine. That is to promise to withdraw its forces permanently from Ukraine’s frontiers,  if it receives a public guarantee from the US and its European allies that Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO, now or in the future.

Imaginative diplomacy is needed to convert the current undeclared war between Russia and the West over Ukraine into a declared peace, notes @RSkidelsky. Belgium may offer a useful historical precedent.

Let's not drift into war over the Ukraine. My column for @ProSyn: