Luke Coffey
Luke Coffey is Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Fellow, focusing his work on defense and security matters including NATO and the European Union.

Entries by Luke Coffey

Only France Can Stop Its Dodgy Arms Deal With Russia

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2014 | (00:10)

In the past few months Russia has annexed the Crimean Peninsula, brought instability to eastern Ukraine, provided a rag-tag group of separatists with some of the most advanced weapon systems in the Russian arsenal, and backed all of this with the technical expertise of Russian Special Forces. Last month, this...

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This Is Not Cold War Russia, This Is Imperial Russia

(4) Comments | Posted 13 March 2014 | (23:00)

Sometimes to understand the present, we must better understand the past. It was the Victorian statesman and Prime Minister Lord Palmerston who best summed up Russia's behavior:

"The policy and practice of the Russian Government has always been to push forward its encroachments as fast and as far as the...
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Afghanistan After 2014: It Won't Be Perfect, but It Will Be Good Enough

(8) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (23:00)

Winston Churchill, while serving as a young officer fighting the Pashtuns in the 19th Century, explained the difficulty of winning the type of war he faced then and that NATO faces now:

"...there are no general actions on a great scale, no brilliant successes, no important surrenders, no chance...
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Spanish Hypocrisy Over Gibraltar: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

(237) Comments | Posted 9 August 2013 | (00:00)


Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, seen here, is one of Spain's 'Gibraltars' in Morocco.

Spain's antagonistic behavior toward Gibraltar is unbecoming of a NATO ally in 21st-century Europe. A €50 tax at the border on top of

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General Sir David Richards' leadership will be missed on both sides of the Atlantic

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2013 | (13:56)

The distinguished military career of General Sir David Richards came to an honourable end this week. Spanning four decades, it included multiple combat deployments from Northern Ireland to East Timor and from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan.

During his time as the Chief of the Defence Staff -- the UK's top...

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Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands War: A Lesson in Leadership

(81) Comments | Posted 24 March 2013 | (23:00)

As a young US Army cadet I was once told that the definition of leadership was the act of motivating others to do something they otherwise would not want to do. On one level this could be a young lieutenant leading his platoon while assaulting a heavily defended enemy position....

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The US State Department Ignores the 99.8% of Falkland Islanders Who Want to Remain British

(5) Comments | Posted 12 March 2013 | (20:23)

This has been a historic week for the Falkland Islanders. 1,518 ballots were cast during their recent referendum equaling 92% of the electorate. Of these, 99.8 percent voted to stay British - only three residents voted otherwise. The vote was considered to be both free and...

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It's Time for Cameron to Stand Up to the White House Over the Falkland Islands

(173) Comments | Posted 26 February 2013 | (07:32)

The new US secretary of state John Kerry made it clear today that when the inhabitants of the Falkland Islands go to the polls to determine their future relationship with the United Kingdom their voice will fall on deaf ears in Washington. Not only has the Obama administration...

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