International Relations

The Importance of Soft Power

Stephen Liddell | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Stephen Liddell

Most people are familiar with what is known as Hard Power. The idea that someone with more swords, bigger guns and overwhelming military ability can force someone to do something against their will but which is almost entirely in favour of those holding the gun. History is full of situations, the ancient Chinese, Persians, Romans all the way through to the British, French, American and Russians...

Some Pity for Putin

Gregor Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Good old Vlad is propping up the news again as the shiftiest world leader. Apart from Kim Jong Un. Or Xi Jinping. Or King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Or - who's that bloke who controls the biggest, most notorious 'intelligence' agency in the world? Oh, of course, US President Barack Obama. Or, for that matter, his chum David Cameron...

Ukraine Officer Killed In Attack On Crimean Military Base

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK

An officer has been killed in an attack on a base in Crimea, the Ukrainian military has revealed. The death in the region's main town Simferopol is...

Swallowing Hard Truths: Russia, Britain, and LGBT Rights

Gregor Smith | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

It's been proposed that, since it's popular in Russian law, it's not the job of the Western world to change it. This is ridiculous on many levels. Firstly, a human rights violation is a human rights violation, regardless of whether anyone, majority or minority, elite or common, thinks it's a good thing.

Why the World Won't Fall Out Over the First World War Centenary

Sunder Katwala | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Sunder Katwala

As the British government seeks to ensure that centenary activities fully mark the contribution of Empire and Commonwealth soldiers, can it find common ground to reflect Australian and Canadian pride in the birth of a nation, Indian and Pakistani concerns about getting the form of recognition right, and South African scepticism about the contemporary relevance of a conflict fought between long lost Empires?

WWI - Remember the World as Well as the War

John Worne | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
John Worne

Just like the courtesy of learning a few words of the language, for someone from the UK travelling to countries with different memories of WWI than ours, learning a little more about the scale and legacy of this truly global conflict can be invaluable in effectively navigating and building relationships of trust.

Is 'De-Americanization' The Way Forward?

Zahra Razavi | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Zahra Razavi

I like the US as country and I love Americans as people. I feel comfortable enough generalizing to that effect. But I'm often so overwhelmed by "American-ness" these days, that I feel in danger of neglecting opportunities for new perspectives and daily variety in favour of the US. It's a real effort to escape from this risk in the Britain of today, and indeed in much of the Western world. One country should not hold that particular power over the rest of the globe.

Sudan: Reform or Face Destruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

Sudanese have plenty of reasons to demonstrate against the disastrous state of the country's finances; inflation is running at 40% and years of oil revenues have been frittered away. Beyond the capital, Khartoum, there has been little investment in infrastructure, education or heath facilities. Unemployment and under-employment have demoralised those millions who do not benefit from the crony capitalism that has sustained the ruling elite for decades.

Five Years On, Financial Crisis Has Transformed China's Reputation as a Global Power

Andrew Hammond | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

Five years on, the dust is still settling but it is clear that the consequences have been more than financial. In terms of perceptions, many international publics believe the economic balance of power has swung sharply toward China.

A Tragedy for Britain and Syria, Inflicted By Our Own Parliament

Adam Seldon | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

Last Thursday, the House of Commons defeated the government motion to use force '"if necessary" by 285 votes to 272 in light of the government's belief that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people. From across the political spectrum, yesterday was heralded as a wonderful day for parliament.

A Tragedy for Britain and Syria, Inflicted By Our Own Parliament

Adam Seldon | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

This self-congratulatory, politicised and crass narrative is cynical and vacuous. Thursday constituted a colossal tragedy: a tragedy for the practice of politics, a tragedy for Britain's role in the world and a tragedy for the people of Syria.

Renewing Trident Shouldn't Be Judged on the 'Threat' From North Korea and Iran

James O'Malley | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
James O'Malley

Once again renewing Trident is in the news, so some time soon we can expect to hear politicians or commentators explain that Trident is necessary because off the threats from Iran or North Korea, or some other rogue regime. Unfortunately, this is a complete red herring of an argument as long as you've thought about the issue for a couple of minutes. And now I'm going to explain why.

If Young Scientists Ruled The World...

John Worne | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
John Worne

If young scientists ruled the world, it might be a better place - but then there'd be no-one to do science. FameLab brings us the best of both: young scientists advancing the sum of human knowledge and learning to share it with us all - from world politician to ordinary punter.

PICTURES: Billionaires, Royals And Politicians Arrive At 'Sinister' Bilderberg Meeting

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK

Billionaire executives, top politicians and royals have arrived in suitably secretive style for an assembly of the international Bilderberg Group, a c...

Science's Greatest Discovery: It's Okay to Be Wrong

John Worne | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Tech
John Worne

There are a small number of universal human languages which are very widely understood. English itself is one, the arts are another, there is sport - especially football - and there is science. The language of science, underpinned by the Scientific Method, is one of humanity's purest languages - perhaps second only to maths.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Halabja and Kurdish Genocide in Iraq Shows We Must Move From 'Never Again' to 'Always Prevent'

John Slinger | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Slinger

While many of the world's governments want to prevent genocide, they almost never act to achieve this aim. This despite most being signatories to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide which is explicitly designed to compel them to do just that.

British Jihadists In Syria Are 'A Threat To The West'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.02.2013 | UK Politics

Islamist extremists fighting the Assad regime in Syria could carry out terrorist attacks in the UK, William Hague has warned. Syria has now become ...

China: Don't Let the Opportunities Get Lost in Translation

John Worne | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK
John Worne

Xin Nian Kuai Le, Gong Xi Fa Cai! If you didn't understand that, you've just missed out on the chance to make friends this week. And you're not alone. The Mandarin Chinese language is becoming more and more important for the UK because, quite simply, China is becoming more and more important on the world's stage.

Britain Condemns Syrian Airstrike On Bakery

PA | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Politics

Britain today condemned an airstrike on a bakery in Syria which is believed to have killed more than 60 people queuing to buy bread. Foreign Office...

What Cameron Sows in Europe He Reaps

Denis MacShane | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Labour MPs should support our MEP colleagues in saying that until the present right-wing anti-growth, anti-jobs ideology that controls Brussels is replaced by a more balanced politics the proposed budget settlement should be rejected.

Celebrate Suu Kyi's Visit, Then Get Back to Work

Zoya Phan | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Politics
Zoya Phan

As a woman from Burma, forced to flee my village aged 14 when the Burmese Army attacked, and now living thousands of miles from home in the UK, it has been very encouraging and inspiring for me to see Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visiting Europe, and an honour to meet her.

The Bilderberg Group Conspiracy Theory is Distorted Politics Writ Large

Tony Sobrado | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Sobrado

The Bilderberg Group has an enigmatic aura. One often wonders what exactly gets discussed at these meetings. Perhaps the most important issue is how and why the group exists and how it affects global political economy; or conversely how global political economy affects the activity of the group.

Health And Safety Sparks Olympic Row With Greece

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK

London 2012 organisers have sparked a diplomatic row after refusing a gift from the Greek government - because of health and safety. Locogs has dec...

North Korea Rocket Launch: Losers and Losers

Colin Pattinson | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK
Colin Pattinson

North Korea's rocket launch is a controversial act that seems to suggest a new strategy by the North, if it really is a facade to test for long range missiles, but who really gains from its supposed desire for advanced weapon technology and its ability to threaten the further reaches of the globe?

Syrian Troops Warned Over 'Cleansing'

PA | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK

Foreign Secretary William Hague called on Syrian soldiers to lay down their arms as the newly-appointed special envoy to the crisis demanded an end to...