David Clark
Editor of shiftinggrounds.org, Chair of the Russia Foundation and served as Robin Cook's Special Adviser at the Foreign Office 1997-2001

Entries by David Clark

The Unacceptable Face of Putinism

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (10:50)

There isn't a better weathervane of Kremlin opinion than Igor Sechin. The 53 year old former KGB operative has been Vladimir Putin's most loyal and influential lieutenant since they worked together for the Mayor of St Petersburg in the 1990s. Officially he has served as Deputy Head of the Presidential...

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Russia Is Losing Its Grip on European Energy Supply

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (12:59)

Russia pulled off a major diplomatic coup in November by inducing Ukraine to abandon its proposed association agreement with the EU, the consequences of which are currently being played out on the streets of Kiev. But it would wrong to assume that Russia now calls all the shots in relations...

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There Must Be No Shortcuts on Serbia's Path to the EU

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2014 | (10:03)

After the disappointment of last month's Vilnius summit and the failure to conclude an association agreement with Ukraine, the official start of EU accession negotiations with Serbia tomorrow might be welcomed as an opportunity to breathe life back into the enlargement process and the idea of a Europe whole and...

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Britain Must not Succumb to EU Enlargement Fatigue

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (10:46)

Support for enlargement used to be the nearest British politics got to a consensus on Europe. Whatever else divided them, pro-Europeans and Eurosceptics agreed that widening the EU to bring in new members states would be good for Britain and good for Europe. Not any more. With an in/out referendum...

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What Iraq Says About Labour, Past and Present

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2013 | (15:55)

Ten years ago this week I was in the process of helping Robin Cook resign from government. Most of the previous decade had been spent helping him to get into government and stay there, so it's fair to say that walking out in protest wasn't how it was meant to...

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Can the UK and Russia Achieve a Strategic Dialogue

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2013 | (13:12)

Russia's foreign and defence Ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu, arrive in London tomorrow for the first session of the UK-Russia Strategic Dialogue agreed between David Cameron and Vladimir Putin at the London Olympics last year. Whether the results of the meeting live up to the weighty designation of being...

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Is Labour Doing Well Enough?

(12) Comments | Posted 8 February 2013 | (12:56)

Andrew Harrop at the Fabian Society produced a good and cautiously positive analysis of Labour's electoral prospects at the weekend. Based on a specially commissioned YouGov poll, it concluded that Labour's support has been boosted since 2010 by the addition of 2.3 million Liberal Democrat defectors, 1.4 million...

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Israel Needs a Strategy for Peace

(63) Comments | Posted 2 December 2012 | (23:00)

The ceasefire negotiated over Gaza has held, but there are few reasons to think that it will last indefinitely, let alone become a turning point in relations between Israel and the Palestinians. Indeed, there are four particularly tragic aspects to the latest crisis that make it harder than ever to...

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This Presidential Election Is About One Issue - American Decline

(6) Comments | Posted 2 November 2012 | (15:34)

It's been a struggle to convince myself that this year's US presidential race matters very much. In 2004 and 2008, I followed every twist and turn of the campaign, every new poll, on a daily and sometimes hourly basis from the convention season to the result. This time I have...

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Six Reasons Why Miliband Has the Edge Over Cameron

(7) Comments | Posted 18 October 2012 | (11:21)

It's been a rollercoaster year for the Don't Underestimate Ed Miliband Association (DUEMA). Formed semi-seriously by Telegraph writer Iain Martin after the 2010 Labour leadership election, it subsequently became an in-joke among Miliband's detractors before being taken over and renamed the Don't Unseat Ed Miliband Association. The joke has now...

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We are all Plebs to the Class Warriors of the Right

(12) Comments | Posted 10 October 2012 | (11:05)

We have heard a lot recently about the attitude of conservative politicians on both sides of the Atlantic towards people they evidently regard as their social inferiors. First we had Mitt Romney, in off the record comments to wealthy campaign donors, dismissing 47% of Americans as idlers wallowing in victimhood...

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