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    Assad is in a weaker position than most think
    Apr20

    Assad is in a weaker position than most think

    For all the furore about last week’s missile strikes on Syria, they were were strikingly limited in scope. Far from the “big price” boasted about by Donald Trump, the attacks focused very narrowly on three sites linked to the Assad regime’s chemical weapons programme. Targets were chosen both to avoid collateral damage and, more...

    Syria’s humanitarian disaster is fast becoming a global crisis
    Apr09

    Syria’s humanitarian disaster is fast becoming a global crisis

    The world is becoming a more dangerous place. The bad-tempered row between the West and the Kremlin over the Skripals’ poisoning is being significantly compounded thanks to the latest chemical weapon attack by Syrian leader President Bashar Al-Assad on his own people. President Trump has warned of a “big price to pay” for this...

    The Irish border and the limits to taking back control
    Mar29

    The Irish border and the limits to taking back control

    While Theresa May’s Cabinet colleagues now seem supportive of her approach to Brexit, the same cannot be said of her European counterparts. Instead, their guidelines issued last week for the future partnership outline a trading relationship that would necessitate a special status for Northern Ireland, indicating that the parties are on a...

    Economic sanctions hurt us all
    Mar28

    Economic sanctions hurt us all

    How should we deal with governments that act in a bad way, for example by attacking their neighbours? Today an increasingly popular tool that governments turn to is economic sanctions. This makes some sense: it is an easy choice and shows that politicians are doing something. The problem is that sanctions often have the opposite effect. They...

    The hawks have landed
    Mar23

    The hawks have landed

    As the revolving door at the White House spins ever faster, this week saw an expected arrival, an unsurprising departure, and then a somewhat unexpected arrival. First in, on Tuesday, was Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Then on Thursday, President Trump’s national security advisor H.R. McMaster left his position. On his...

    How Britain won over the EU on Russia
    Mar23

    How Britain won over the EU on Russia

    Britain’s advantage over Russia swung on a dinner. Before European leaders gathered to eat on Thursday, the European Union (EU) was supportive of the UK’s case over the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal but, France and Germany apart, unconvinced that Moscow should be publicly blamed. “We need to investigate,” pleaded the Greek...

    The UK’s wins and losses in the Brexit transition deal
    Mar21

    The UK’s wins and losses in the Brexit transition deal

    On Monday, Britain and the EU announced a lot of progress on the terms of the British exit from the European Union, specifically when it comes to the so-called “transition stage” which will last until January 1st 2021, and during which Britain will take over EU rules in order to keep access to the EU single market. Here’s an overview of...

    The UK should accept that it is in a new Cold War with Russia
    Mar14

    The UK should accept that it is in a new Cold War with Russia

    It’s becoming likely that the Russian state has been involved in another killing in Britain. Regardless of the detail, Russia has malign intent to this country. We should respond in three ways; accept, understand and act. First, we need to accept that we are in a new cold war, with the Russian Federation. This is not a pleasant fact. We may...

    Britain must stand up to Russia’s destabilising lies
    Mar13

    Britain must stand up to Russia’s destabilising lies

    An attack using a nerve agent in a British city is worse than an unspeakable crime. Amid domestic political disasters, the prime minister got the tone right in her statement to the House of Commons yesterday. It was a direct attack by Russia against this country using a powerful agent that is not known to have been deployed previously and is hard...

    Talking to North Korea is a risk worth taking
    Mar12

    Talking to North Korea is a risk worth taking

    History is sometimes made in sudden, unexpected bursts. Upon his return to Seoul from his meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s national security advisor, Chung Eui-Yong, announced on March 6, that South Korea’s President Moon Jae In and Kim Jong Un would hold a summit by the end of April. Just 48 hours later at...

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