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Empire: forgive and forget?

David Chaplin  |  17 September 2012

The word empire has been in the news recently, and with good reason. With an election underway in the US which will (once again) determine how America projects itself in the world, the widespread reaction to a single film has placed those men and women who embody America’s power around the world in highly dangerous …

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Scoring Cameron’s foreign policy

David Chaplin  |  2 July 2012

The agreement over the weekend in Geneva signals the first steps to a coherent policy from the international community towards the Assad regime. Syria is one example of the new challenges facing the UK foreign policy following two years of rapid economic and political change. The scale of those changes has been unprecedented, from the …

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Nato’s last war?

David Chaplin  |  22 May 2012

Nato leaders gathered in Chicago this week to discuss the alliance’s mission in Afghanistan and announced summer 2013 as the handover date to Afghan troops. But the alliance also met to discuss its own future amid savage defence cuts among almost all of its members. So is the Afghan war the last major Nato deployment …

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The Syrian test of intervention

David Chaplin  |  18 April 2012

As a fragile ceasefire begins in Syria, the UN is beginning its task of monitoring the violence and reporting back what we already know: that Assad is convinced his way to hang on to power is to kill his own people in their thousands. The international community has condemned his actions, and this week further …

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ISAF soldiers

It’s the exit, stupid

David Chaplin  |  26 March 2012

As the decade-long mission in Afghanistan comes to an end, now might be the time to start asking what the lessons are from the Nato mission for future humanitarian intervention efforts and specifically how important it is to have an exit plan for future mission success. Afghanistan has had a complicated history, and the current …

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Falkland Islands

Should Labour support a second Falklands?

David Chaplin  |  20 February 2012

First off, I’d like to pay tribute to the well-argued and thoughtful views that Alex Bigham has set out in this column for the past three years. I’m really pleased to be picking up where he left off. Alex helped keep foreign affairs on the party’s agenda during the post-Iraq years. I think most members …

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The dream of nationhood

Alex Bigham  |  11 October 2011

Everywhere the nation-state is in flux. From global businesses that have more spending power than many countries, to protesters using social networks to bypass the forces of law and order, the state monopoly of power is under challenge. Why, then, does the dream of nationhood still captivate the aspirations of those denied it, whether in …

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A matter of interpretation

Alex Bigham  |  4 August 2011

It is not that often that foreign policy provides an opportunity for campaigning activity. Major issues of injustice occasionally capture the public imagination – like Joanna Lumley’s championing of the Gurkhas or Bob Geldof’s attempts to end world poverty. However, there is an issue that should unite progressives in anger: the plight of Afghani interpreters. …

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Gone but not forgotten

Alex Bigham  |  7 May 2011

Job Vacancy: Chairman of international terrorist network sought, must have inspirational vision of establishing worldwide caliphate, be expert in fundraising and happy to appear in promotional videos. Experience of weapons a bonus. Women and infidels need not apply.

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Labour’s Libya legacy

Alex Bigham  |  8 April 2011

If Ed Miliband could have chosen his first foreign policy test as Labour party leader, an uprising and military action in Libya probably wouldn’t have been high on the list.

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