Lord David Owen
Lord David Owen, a former British foreign secretary, was co-chair of the European Union chair of the Commission on the former Yugoslavia during the war there in the 1990s.

Entries by Lord David Owen

To What Extent Is the Nation State an Antiquated Notion?

(9) Comments | Posted 11 March 2015 | (12:25)

There is nothing antiquated about the nation state in the eyes of the majority of the British people. When David Cameron pledged an in/out referendum in 2017, Ed Miliband, as leader of the opposition, realistically and courageously decided to accept the European Union Act 2011 governing referendums which Labour in...

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Tony Blair and the War in Iraq

(9) Comments | Posted 8 September 2014 | (00:00)

My considerably updated ebook version of In Sickness and In Power, originally published in 2007/8, provides new material and in particular draws on the evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry in relation to his chapter on Bush and Blair. There is also a completely new chapter on hubris syndrome in the...

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Obstacles to Syrian Cease-fire Aren't Insurmountable

(1) Comments | Posted 8 January 2014 | (03:59)

The Conference on Syria planned for January 22 in Switzerland, convened by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, is the one hope left for a quick cease-fire. Yet that will be very difficult to achieve.

On humanitarian grounds, a genuine, monitored cease-fire is imperative...

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Diplomatic Opening for Iran Can Help End Syria Crisis

(13) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (00:00)

The eyes of the world are focused on the UN in New York this week in an amazing turnabout in international politics. We could have been in the midst of a Middle East war with the US and France having attacked Syria, triggering resumed fighting across the border of southern...

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G20 Should Break UN Deadlock and Call for Removal of All Chemical Weapons From Syria

(172) Comments | Posted 3 September 2013 | (18:16)

London - On Thursday in St Petersburg, world leaders have the opportunity to break the deadlock in the UN Security Council over Syria.

The voice in the margins of the G20 meeting that needs to be heard on Syria, above all, is that of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She...

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