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Washington united, the west divided

Inside Washington  |  6 March 2014

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a major foreign policy test for the west. Barack Obama has said he is ‘examining a whole series of steps – economic, diplomatic – that will isolate Russia and will have a negative impact on Russia’s economy and status in the world’. In this he might attain some degree of …

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Rethinking counter-terrorism: drones and targeted killings

Richard Howitt MEP  |  24 February 2014

Malala Yousafzai recently told Barack Obama that drone attacks are fuelling terrorism in Pakistan. There are few people more opposed to the Taliban than Malala. They tried to deny her an education, and then they tried to take her life. So when she says drone strikes are making things worse, we should listen. We should …

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An unworthy successor to Charles Kennedy

Robert Philpot  |  21 February 2014

Charles Kennedy is never likely to figure in the pantheon of Britain’s greatest postwar politicians. Under his leadership, the Liberal Democrats became a byword for cynical political calculation: their 2005 offer to the electorate was less a manifesto, more a shopping list of electoral bribes with no discernible vision or overarching purpose other than to …

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State of the union

Inside Washington  |  29 January 2014

Last night Barack Obama gave his fifth State of the Union speech, and, while he did not perhaps hold out quite the same amount of hope and ambition as he has in some of his previous speeches, he did still announce a number of key policies that should ensure another exciting year in Washington. Obama’s …

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Good trade policy must be done and seen to be done

John Healey MP  |  12 December 2013

Those critics and sceptics who doubt a comprehensive European Union-United States trade deal is deliverable must grasp the momentum behind it. The second round of talks was sunk by the US government shutdown but the negotiators met three weeks later to make up for lost time, and next week’s third round is back on schedule …

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A rocky start but here to stay

Inside Washington  |  20 November 2013

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is the most controversial piece of legislation right now in the United States. It marked the key line of battle in last year’s presidential election, it is a galvanising force for the Tea party, and it was the primary cause of last month’s federal …

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The ‘What if?’ president

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP  |  15 November 2013

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of America’s 35th president. On 22 November 1963, John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, after only 34 months in office. His is the ‘Unfinished Life,’ in the words of his biographer Robert Dallek. His successor, Lyndon Johnson, built upon his work, and carried through …

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What changed between 2008 and 2012?

Frank Spring  |  13 November 2013

A lesson for the Labour party from recent American political history is what changed between the elections of 2008 and 2012; it is to be found in a process that began before most voters outside of Democratic circles had heard of Barack Obama. The electorate itself changed and, as it did, a new front opened …

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What not to learn from the Bill de Blasio playbook

Robert Philpot  |  12 November 2013

Last Tuesday, New York City elected its first Democrat mayor in 25 years. Bill de Blasio’s populist campaign, with its focus on inequality and his promise to govern for ‘the 99 per cent’, certainly produced an impressive victory: a thumping 72 per cent of the vote that left his Republican opponent trailing nearly 50 points …

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The legitimacy dilemma

Kirsty McNeill and Andrew Small  |  16 October 2013

Barack Obama’s hesitation, Vladimir Putin’s cunning and David Cameron’s parliamentary mismanagement combined to spare Labour from having to make a definitive choice about how the UK should respond to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons.  Yet given the convulsions in the region and the current state of geopolitics, the dilemmas that Syria posed will …

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