foreign policy

Seriously Corbynism

Philip Collins  |  11 July 2017

A proper consideration of the Labour leader’s programme must now happen, writes Philip Collins For most of his career on the fringes of politics, Jeremy Corbyn has not been a serious figure. Happy to campaign forlornly for losing causes, largely on foreign policy issues over which he had no influence, he was destined to be a footnote …

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Hard truths about traditional diplomacy

Tom Cargill  |  22 April 2016

Britain risks casting itself adrift in the face of a gathering international storm of change fuelled by globalisation and technological revolution. Former foreign secretary David Miliband made clear this new truth just a matter of weeks ago, and today the American president reminds us our influence can be so much greater when magnified through through the …

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The Last Word … How many Mao times?

Jamie Reed MP  |  27 November 2015

It’s been an extraordinary few weeks in parliament. Following a week described by my Last Word predecessor John McTernan as ‘Labour’s worst ever’ this week has been similarly difficult. The widely anticipated comprehensive spending review was, as such set piece events so often are, something of an anti-climax. Humiliating and damaging U-turns by George Osborne over …

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French lessons

James Bloodworth  |  6 July 2015

What we can learn from France’s foreign policy —Just over a decade ago French Fries were renamed ‘Freedom Fries’ in cafeterias on Capitol Hill. French president Jacques Chirac had led United Nations opposition to the 2003 American-led war in Iraq and the Bush administration responded in the way it knew best: with childish belligerence. It …

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Our ‘tough on crime’ moment

Adam Swersky  |  22 May 2015

Before New Labour, before Bambi’, before majorities of 179 and 167, before the new dawn and Things Can Only Get Better, there was this: ‘I think it’s important that we are tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, too’. That was Tony Blair, not as leader, but as shadow home secretary, speaking …

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Committees advise but ministers decide

Gary Kent  |  26 March 2015

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s reply, in the last few hours of this parliament and government, to the report of the foreign affairs committee on UK policy towards the Kurdistan region is a model of precision, or a perfunctory response to a sophisticated analysis of the Kurdish question. Its answer, for instance, to the committee’s …

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House of Fools

Jamie Reed MP  |  27 February 2015

Tonight sees the long awaited release of the third series of Kevin Spacey’s ‘House of Cards’ adaptation (note: ‘series’ not ‘season’). Expect little to be done in Westminster this weekend as political obsessives indulge their fascination with the politics of the US. I stand guilty as charged, but – like the FT’s Janan Ganesh – …

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Are dreams of Kurdish independence over?

Gary Kent  |  17 December 2014

Does the recent deal on oil exports between the Iraqi Kurds and Haider al-Abadi’s new federal government in Baghdad end dreams of Kurdish independence? The interim agreement, prompted by the need to urgently maximise oil revenues, given falling prices, and also maximise unity against their common enemy, the so-called Islamic State, was widely welcomed. It …

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Britain needs a Hong Kong policy

Noah Sin  |  5 December 2014

Seldom is Westminster this united. This week, as China threatens to bar British members of parliament from Hong Kong, parliamentarians condemn China in unison and urge the United Kingdom government to show more strength over Hong Kong’s democratic demands. ‘If you want to be a member of the G20, you have to behave like a member …

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Labour has been here before on foreign policy

Dermot Kehoe  |  19 August 2014

In the middle of Labour’s last period of opposition I went to the polls for the first time. 1987 was a hard fought and sometimes vicious campaign. One of the Conservative adverts that has stuck in my memory was an attack on Labour’s foreign policy – it was simply a picture of a British soldier …

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