Foreign Affairs

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

Foreign Office Defends G4S Presence at Human Rights Conference

Maya Esslemont | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Maya Esslemont

Government officials spoke out on Friday, after it emerged that controversial corporation G4S provided the security at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The UK Is Betraying the People of Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Without justice there can be no peace in Bahrain, and that won't change as long as the UK is happy to promote and provide political cover for an illegitimate government that is inflicting untold misery on its own citizens. Only by ending the political and military support that is strengthening the regime can the UK ensure that it is promoting human rights and acting the best interests of the people of Bahrain.

Labour Call for Government Statement on Search for Nigerian Schoolgirls

Ian Lucas | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lucas

It is vital that in the crucial days and weeks ahead, the UK government work with its international partners to add their weight and expertise to the search, and make clear what part they are playing in global efforts to assist the Nigerian government.

Put Currencies in Your Portfolio

Mike Baghdady | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK
Mike Baghdady

Why shouldn't your portfolio have exposure to the largest and most important market in the World? The Foreign Exchange markets trades over $5 Trillion per day, and is super liquid and offers the volatility for solid, consistent profits.

A Taxi Driver's Guide to Peace in the Philippines

Phil Vernon | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Phil Vernon

Taking full advantage of the opportunity for peace in the Philippines will require a sustained effort on the part of central and local governments, by the rebel movements, as well as in civil society and the business community, over many years. Some of the factors they will need to take into account were identified at by our taxi driver last night.

Ukraine Crisis Shows Obama Does Not Believe in American Exceptionalism

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

On his first overseas trip as president in 2009, Barack Obama was asked by a foreign journalist whether he subscribed to American exceptionalism, the idea that America has a unique role to champion freedom and democracy...

The Time Is Now to Move Away From Russian Gas

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

When countries set out their cases for energy independence, the main reason is generally cited as the need to ease reliance on oil and gas from unfriendly places. President Barack Obama's 'All of the Above' energy strategy for example, a plan that has seen this US administration extract more fossil fuels than any other, is very much predicated on the need to lessen oil imports from Iran and Saudi Arabia.

In Ukraine, Take Nothing Off the Table

James Snell | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The crisis engulfing Crimea is a grave one. Vladimir Putin's armies have cut the region off from the rest of the nation, and are insisting on an illegal referendum in order to give elusive legitimacy to a brazen act of aggression. Now is not the time for the West to take options off the table - even rather unpalatable ones.

Why the West Was Right to Support Protestors in Ukraine

Dr Andrew Foxall | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Foxall

If there is any reason to criticise the West for supporting the Maidan protestors, it is that its support did not come early enough.

Five Messages for Ed Miliband on Foreign Policy

Rachel Briggs | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rachel Briggs

When prime minister Miliband walks into Downing Street on 8 May 2015, he will inherit a foreign and security policy machine that needs fixing. The country can't afford to support its ambitions for world leadership; new alliances are needed with the private sector; investment is needed in systems capacity - especially technological and linguistic...

The Decline and Fall of Egyptian Democracy

James Snell | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The fall of Morsi was a blow to those who wanted a stable and free Egypt, that's for certain, but there was a certain pleasure to be gained from watching the army - an institution viewed with distrust by a large number of the population for its support of Mubarak - stepping in to safeguard the future of democracy in the country. Personally, I was ecstatic, stupidly so.

Argentina Rejects British Protest Over Threats To Imprison Oil Companies Working Near To Falkland Islands

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Yet another incident is threatening to push Britain’s already strained relationship with Argentina further into antipathy with the rejection of a co...

Cameron's China Trip Was Foolish and Craven

Sam Fowles | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

Cameron's trip to China and his pledge that Britain will be China's "biggest advocate in the West", are bad politics, bad ethics and exceptionally bad foreign policy.

Israel the Synecdoche

Gabriel Webber | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK
Gabriel Webber

When one talks about 'the evils of drink', it's pretty obvious that one isn't talking about Coca-Cola (although admittedly they're pretty evil too). ...

Syria and the Risk of Western Disengagement

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi

While the US-Russian deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is a welcome sign that diplomacy has a central part to play in this crisis, the retreat from early talk of military action also suggests a growing reluctance on the part of the US and UK to intervene directly in the Middle East. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, it is certainly something new.

The Red Moral Line in Syria

Simon Cohen | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Cohen

The current moral argument regarding Syria is limited. The red line of chemical weapons is plotted on a wider graph of violence. Morality is relevant to the whole graph, not just the red line. For too long, innocent Syrian people have suffered greatly and lost lives at the violent hands of the regime.

Syria - Where Will It Go From Here? Why I Disagree With Those Urging Imminent Military Intervention

Richard Burden | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

I've discovered that a driving holiday in rural central France with intermittent internet access is not the best way to hear that Parliament has been imminently recalled, or the best place from which to act on the information. Result? The logistics of getting back in time have beaten me and I'll still be on the road back to the UK when Parliament meets on Thursday.

Ambassador Mark Palmer: Freedom's Champion

Benedict Rogers | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

In case you read no further, I want to say one thing: watch this video. Diplomacy is only ever as good as its diplomats. There are times to take a ro...

As Syrian Intervention Looms, Can We Trust David Cameron on Foreign Policy?

James Elliott | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

One question that has consistently been ducked by the warmongering interventionists, who range from encouraging arms sales to jihadis to openly calling for the abandonment of all negotiations, is this: Can we trust David Cameron when it comes to foreign policy?

The UK Needs to Decide What Kind of 'Big Footprint' It Wants to Leave in the World

Jack Butler | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

For the UK, the G8 seems to serve as a symbol of continuing angst about this country's relative position globally, the nature of our own influence and the direction in which we are heading. The idea of the G8 as a collection of twentieth-century powers with ever-diminishing relevance and power seems to fit the UK perfectly.

'How Long Can We Go On?'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK

Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that extremism in Syria could flourish if the European Union refuses to ease an arms embargo preventing the...

Darfuris Need Peace Before Reconstruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

This week Darfur 10 - a campaign led by a coalition of NGO's including Waging Peace - petitioned the British government to help stop the violence. It is a clear reminder that although we should remember the hundreds of thousands who have already lost their lives, the international community must be reminded of those still suffering the consequences of this decade long conflict.

G8 - Sexual Violence Lives On After War

Tanya Barron | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK
Tanya Barron

The G8 Foreign Ministers meeting is an incredible opportunity for the international community to tackle sexual violence in conflict. However, we need to do this by addressing the destructive legacy left behind even after peace is agreed and responding to the needs of survivors.