‘It might be worth listening to me’

Adam Harrison and Robert Philpot  |  30 October 2014

Tony Blair’s legacy is hotly contested. He defends it to Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison The expected publication next year of the much-delayed Chilcot inquiry will reopen, if it ever closed, the debate about Britain’s most controversial foreign policy action since Suez: the decision to join the United States in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein …

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Conflict fatigue must not become a paralysing straitjacket

John Woodcock MP  |  16 June 2014

There was something deeply depressing about the headlines on teaching British values in our schools this weekend. Not the idea itself, though most teachers have presumably been asking what exactly the government thinks they do all day if not that. Rather, it was depressing that David Cameron thought it was the most important thing to …

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Brits abroad: star donor or charity mugger?

Steve Cockburn  |  17 October 2013

A few months after the coalition agreement, I abandoned ship to go and live somewhere with economic growth and the confidence to welcome foreigners. Living now in Senegal, and working across west Africa, I’ve been made to rethink from a different perspective about what matters in development – and often it has little to do …

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If not now, when?

Stephen Bush  |  27 August 2013

How happy must stopped clocks be on those rare moments when they are right! Small wonder, then, that the likes of Nick Clegg, Mehdi Hasan and George Galloway want to turn the conversation back to Iraq whenever possible. Unfortunately, the anti-war movement is a digital watch, and their shining moment has already passed. Even then, …

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The intervention dilemma

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  17 July 2013

‘We know why we were left to die. Because there are no resources in Rwanda. Only Rwandans.’ The speaker was a Rwandan politician we visited in 2006. A progressive approach to humanitarian intervention must begin with the desire to prove her wrong. If the left’s ideals of equality are to mean anything at all then …

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A new model of ‘preventative intervention’

Luke Akehurst  |  20 February 2013

Ed’s speech about the 10p tax rate meant that there was not a lot of coverage of Jim Murphy’s important speech on ‘preventative intervention’ last week. That’s a shame as Jim’s speech deserved more attention and was a characteristically thoughtful contribution to debate about one of the most controversial aspects of the Blair years, the …

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Foreign policy looms large for Obama

Andrew Hammond  |  23 January 2013

As Obama’s second term begins, foreign policy looms large. Following his public inauguration, Barack Obama has now begun his second term of office.  While this is a high moment for the Democratic Party (Obama is just the second Democrat to be re-elected president since Franklin Roosevelt more than a half century ago), prospects for him …

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Romney shows his worse side

Joel Braunold  |  17 October 2012

The one certainty it seems we can take from the past three debates is that the moderator improves every time. Candy Crowley delivered a masterful performance in the hardest of the debate formats, controlling two incredibly combative men. The town hall format is the most restrictive, rule-laden and complicated of the debating formats. The ability …

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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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