Intervention'

In Ukraine, Take Nothing Off the Table

James Snell | Posted 14.03.2014 | 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.

'Non-Interventionist' Russia Will Pay Dearly for the Crimea

Isabelle Younane | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Isabelle Younane

Putin may win permanent control over the Crimea, but at the cost of abandoning his hard-earned cover of non-interventionism that has coloured Russia's image in the international community, revealing an attitude of pure self-interest that cannot be reconciled with UN values of international peace and cooperation.

We Need to Intervene in Ukraine

James Snell | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

"But why is Ukraine so vital?" you may ask. "Well", I reply, in a fittingly grave and solemn tone, "because it is the latest manifestation of Russian aggression, and we cannot allow the sabre rattling (and unsheathing) of a tyrant like Vladimir Putin go unpunished."

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.

Jessica Elgot

Cold Turkey

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

“I liked that she could party, that was one of the things that attracted me to her,” Laurie Sanders said of wife Susy. “I didn’t realise w...

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.

A Brief History of US Interventions, 1973-2013: History Repeating?

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Mixing moral case with geo-power turned out a toxic cocktail. The world cannot stand by as a brutal dictator gasses or violates his own people - in Syria or Chile. Neither it should stand for a toxic policy of military intervention.

Intervention, and How to Swing It

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

The anti-intervention left and right have totally given up on the idea of the most powerful countries in the world being able to have any positive effect upon the world at large. In addition the anti-war movement claims to be on the side of peace, as if we occupy a world created by Disney, where the world is a simple choice between peace and war.

Syria: The Pace Quickens - But Towards What?

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The prospect of military action against the Assad regime by western powers has become increasingly real. Soon it may be all but inevitable. But what kind of action, for what purpose, in the service of what larger strategy? All this remains obscure.

Rape in Syria and Egypt - A Policy Priority Ignored

Peter Blair | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Blair

Fears of regional spillover, the growing number of European jihadists who could prove a future threat and the escalating refugee crisis dominate the headlines but there is one element that is consistently absent from discussion at the policy level. That issue is sexual violence.

Syria: Intervention or Great Power Game?

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

Syria - the death toll reaches 93,000, the US administration says it has firm evidence of nerve gas use by the Syrian government and further says it will supply arms to the opposition. Things are moving - but towards what? The debate is focused on the arguments for and against armed intervention. I think that may well be very misleading.

If We Arm the Syrian Rebels, How Do We Stop British Bombs and Bullets Getting to Al Qaeda?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

There is little evidence to suggest that sending in our bombers or arming the rebels will ratchet down, rather than ratchet up, the violence. Remember: weapons are fungible. We have no way of preventing the al-Qaeda-affiliated members of the opposition from getting hold of bombs and bullets supplied by Britain and France. Nor does anyone have a credible plan of action for the day after Assad falls.

The EU Arms Embargo on Syria Is Not Fit for Purpose

Sir Malcolm Rifkind | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Politics
Sir Malcolm Rifkind

In August last year, I wrote an op-ed for the International Herald Tribune calling for Western powers to arm the Syrian insurgents. Over six months later, the case is even more compelling than before.

'Helmand Was More Peaceful Before Western Troops Arrived'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has suggested Western forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan because "they feel they were fighting in the wrong place" ...

The Elusive Giant: Company Culture and HR

Russell Ward | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK
Russell Ward

The cultural anthropologist, Mary Douglas once said that "If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization". A company culture is more than just the sum of its parts.

Back to the Future of Intervention With Syria

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Richard Chew writes about the need for Western intervention in Syria and compares the current crisis to that of thirty years ago when the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood led a Sunni resistance to Hafez Al-Assad's minority Alawite regime.

Syria Needs an Urgent Dose of Intervention 2.0

Luke Bozier | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK
Luke Bozier

We simply need to give the Syrian people the tools, support and encouragement they need to do the job themselves. Now is the time to step up to our responsibilities.

Saddam Hussein and Sam Main - The Rights and Wrongs of Intervention

Samuel Walker | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK
Samuel Walker

On 15 November, America officially left Iraq - mission accomplished, the war is over. While pondering the rights and wrongs of the intervention in Iraq, I heard about Sam Main a young Scottish student who was thrown of the Edinburgh to Perth train by the 'Big Man' for not having a ticket.

ConHome: What Is The Government's Intervention Policy?

conservativehome.blogs.com | Posted 30.09.2011 | UK Politics

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Four Questions NATO Must Answer on Libya

Seph Brown | Posted 27.09.2011 | UK Politics
Seph Brown

As the war in Libya drags on, the difficulty now is not that the international community is stuck for ideas, in fact, the opposite is true. The real problem is that there are too many strategies floating around with various players pulling in different directions.