In this Quick Comment, historian Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London, considers the Permanent Court of Arbitration finding on the South China Sea from China’s point of view. Freedman also compares and contrasts today’s sense of all-consuming change with the last time the world seemed to be re-organising on such a large scale: the end of the Cold War.

Sir Lawrence spoke at the Lowy Institute yesterday on the topic, 'Can we Learn Too Much from History?'. You can listen to his full remarks here.