Foreign Affairs

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

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 28.08.2014 | 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.

Ayatollah al-Nimr - Saudi Arabia's Imprisoned Revolutionary

Abbas Farshori | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Abbas Farshori

Ayatollah Nimr represents the Shiite stand against Wahabbism, and the Islamic bow he uses to launch tirade after tirade against the regime only makes this conflict more cogent. His words, and fate empower the path for Shiite communities in the region and beyond. However this may not be the only role he assumes.

Hugo Swire, Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Isn't a 'Bump in the Road'

Mark Farmaner | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

Since reforms began the situation of the Rohingya has deteriorated significantly. They have been subjected to two large-scale violent attacks. Human Rights Watch has gathered evidence of human rights violations which could constitute crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

Iraq - Urgent Action Needed to Stop Slaughter and Time to Face Up to the Big Picture Too

Richard Burden | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in and around Northern Iraq and the international community has been too slow to respond to it. We cannot turn the clock back on that but it is vital that international efforts are ramped up. I therefore support UK participation in those efforts, and through our role in the United Nations and other organisations, we should urgently identify what more can be done.

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 25.08.2014 | 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 16.08.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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?