It is tempting to treat renewed Russian aggression in Europe and the crisis in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, with grim historical familiarity.
Yet the world in which they are taking place is transforming fast, and the nature of the global response reflects this rapidly changing geopolitical landscape.
In different ways, these crises remind us both of the importance of history, and also the risks of a fatalistic retreat into historical pessimism.
The emergence of India as a global power is a good example of how changing power dynamics are redefining the opportunities for and constraints upon international diplomacy.
For countries such as the UK, Indian perspectives are a major issue to consider. Yet even beyond India, there are a host of countries around the world now which are more strategic actors. The considered way in which many Arab countries have responded to the crisis in their midst has been notable for instance.
At Wilton Park we are focused on ensuring strong and respectful engagement with these increasingly important states around the world for both UK and global benefit.