Foreign Affairs

Whitehall Has Been Arming The World And Fuelling Conflict For 50 Years

Andrew Smith | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

UK aircraft and UK bombs have been central to the bombardment, which, according to Save the Children, has left Yemen "teetering on the edge of famine." The situation is dire, but the government's response has been to evade and ignore it.

Post Brexit, India Can Be UK's America To The East

Anshuman Rawat | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Anshuman Rawat

Most importantly, quite like the US, the Indo-UK partnership can rest assured on the very concrete edifice of both being thriving, liberal, and multi-cultural democracies. That means that the relationship cannot be marred by the whims and fancies of a closed system like, for example, that of China. The need is for an open heart and active feet.

500 Days of UK Complicity in the Destruction of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Andrew Smith

Last Sunday marked 500 days since Saudi Arabian forces intervened in the Yemeni civil war. In that time, Saudi air strikes have killed thousands of people, destroyed vital infrastructure and unleashed a humanitarian crisis on the civilian population.

Ending UK Complicity in Saudi Violence

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

For decades now, UK governments of all political colours have worked hand in glove with the arms companies and Saudi authorities, continuing to sell arms and political support while turning a blind eye to the terrible human rights abuses that are being carried out every single day.

We Can Criticise and Be Proud of Foreign Aid at the Same Time

Harriet Lamb | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Harriet Lamb

So today when Parliament debates whether Britain should keep its recent commitment to devote 7 pence in every £10 of our national wealth to aid, we will be confidently declaring, alongside politicians from all sides of the House, that we are #ProudOfAid.

We Need to Talk About Yemen

Diana Johnson | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

It's been over a year since the start of the recent conflict in Yemen, and life for children and their families is increasingly unbearable. In March last year, the Saudi-led Coalition launched a military operation in support of the Government of Yemen against Houthi opposition forces who had overthrown President Hadi. Since then, the humanitarian situation has rapidly deteriorated with over 80% of the country now in need of assistance and millions without access to vital healthcare, food, water and fuel.

The Dark Side of Dubai: Why the UK Must Stop Arming and Supporting the Emirate Regime

Andrew Smith | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

For many around the world, the UAE conjures up images of tall futuristic buildings, seven star hotels and oversized shopping complexes. However, behind the glamorous façade and expensive PR campaign, there lies an increasingly authoritarian police state that contrasts greatly the flamboyant image it likes to project.

It's Time to Recalibrate Our Foreign Policy

Tom Brake | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

The world faces a level of instability not seen since the Cold War. To avoid further escalation of conflict and insecurity, and to ensure our country does not lose its standing in the world, we need to put human rights and the observance of international law centre stage again. The Liberal Democrats intend being one of the main actors in this revival.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Beyond: The Rampant Hypocrisy Behind UK Foreign Policy

Andrew Smith | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

How can it be the case that peaceful protesters and campaigners are arrested for blocking a road, yet regimes that systematically oppress their own citizens and kill others in wars of aggression are given the red carpet treatment and plied with weapons?

Why Campaigners Are Threatening Legal Action to Stop UK Arms Exports to Saudi

Andrew Smith | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Countries like Saudi Arabia aren't just buying UK arms, they are also buying political support and very often silence about the human rights abuses they preside over. Changing this will take more than the cancellation of a few licences. It will need a complete overhaul of government foreign policy and an end to the hypocrisy at the heart of it.

MPs Only 'Failed' Cameron's Case For Syria Strikes After Two Fell Sick

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics

An influential committee of MPs that “failed” David Cameron’s case for war in Syria did so after two members were ill and would have overturned ...

The Dangers of Repetition: Iraq to Syria

Tony Mckenna | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Mckenna

Reacting like a true demagogue, beating the drums of war, French 'socialist' president François Hollande has vowed to intensify the bombardment of an already pulverized Syria. Truly, those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. That was something Mr Herzog taught us too.

Cameron Is Treading a Fine Line - Britain is Dangerously Close to the Bloodiest War of Our Lifetime

Ben Wood | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Wood

Cameron would have a mandate to pave through Syria like a petulant, spoilt child, triggering future conflicts and wars with Russia and beyond. Britain is dangerously close to the bloodiest war of our lifetime and Cameron is far from the best to tread carefully.

If Jeremy Corbyn is Offending the Saudi Regime Then he's Doing Something Right

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Corbyn should take the Ambassador's comments as a badge of honour and a sign that he's doing the right thing. However, it will take the words and actions of people from across all parties and wider society if the UK is to finally change its policy and end its support for the oppressive and authoritarian House of Saud.

Calling Palestine 'Palestine' in the European Parliament is actually quite important

Alyn Smith | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

Today marks a symbolic victory for those who believe that an Israeli-Palestinian peace is only possible if both sides are treated as equals. The European Parliament voted yesterday to change the name of its "Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council" to the "Delegation for Relations with Palestine" by 344 votes to 282.

Tunisia: Lifting a 'Tourism Ban' and Supporting a Democracy

Keith Vaz | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

The promises of the Arab Spring have proven hollow across most of the Middle East and North Africa, with one notable exception, Tunisia. This historically rich country has emerged as a democratic, pluralist, secular state, with a strong government and moderate social and religious attitudes.

Disarming DSEI: Arms Dealers And Despots Descend on London

Andrew Smith | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

It's less than two week until one of the world's biggest arms fairs, Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), rolls into London. The biennial event (taking place 15-18 September) will bring thousands of arms companies representatives together with mercenaries, generals and military delegations from some of the worst dictatorships in the world.

China to Pull Up a Chair or Overturn the Conference Table?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 02.07.2016 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

Dangerous war aversion? In 1914, the global economy collapsed because the then superpowers declared war; whereas today, it is precisely the aversion ...

Scrap Trident - Thinking The Unthinkable

Paul Blanchard | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

In my view, those countries with a nuclear deterrent are putting themselves more at risk from today's threats. We're not spending our money wisely. We're taking the heat off those countries without nukes. They're letting us spend the cash on Trident while they focus on what matters: tackling terrorism and stopping the growth of terrorist groups.

The General Election Campaign and the Decline of British Foreign Policy

James Snell | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
James Snell

It is surprising that the campaign featured such little discussion of foreign policy matters. The usual domestic concerns predominated, and that is no surprise, but beyond a few token remarks about the need to reform the European Union, and the low-wattage flickering of a small debate about the possibility of an EU referendum, there was depressingly little said about anything outside of the British Isles.

Kurds Are the New Jews

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

Kurds is the last remaining sizable population that underwent constant violent injustice, whether by Turkey in the first half of 20th Century or, more recently, by nasty ISIS-like Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, which didn't hesitate to shower the population with chemical, weapons mercilessly. However, the Kurds were never allowed to initiate their own completely independent state...

By Voting Today for Recognition of Palestine, MPs Will Vote for Equality and for Peace

Richard Burden | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

By affirming without ambiguity that both Israelis and Palestinians have equal rights to statehood, international recognition of the State of Palestine can help break this impasse. That is why another amendment tabled by Jack Straw and other senior MPs makes clear that by voting for recognition today MPs will contribute to securing a negotiated two state solution.

An independent Scotland and the myth of "ethical" foreign policy

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

There is no getting away from the fact that Britain has a history of rather questionable foreign policy decisions. From invading the Suez to the Dodgy...

Where Will Europe Go on Defence?

Martin Edobor | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Edobor

Ed Miliband believes Britain should play a lead role in the EU, and in the coming months he will have to articulate Labour's vision for Europe and the wider world. When Ed becomes prime minister next May he will have to make that vision a reality, working with other EU leaders towards a stronger Europe...

A Year On: Reflections on 12 Months of Grieving for My Father

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anders Lorenzen

It's hard to imagine that a year has passed since my father passed away to cancer. It still feels like yesterday. I can still hear his voice and I can feel his warmth. But the reality is that it is now a whole full year since that fateful day.