A Few Glimpses of History

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I have always been fascinated by history because I believe that if we know the past then we better understand the present, prevent painful history to be repeated and eventually anticipate the future. For a diplomat, understanding and respecting the history and culture of the host country is a prerequisite for any correct professional judgement.

Nato Raises Stakes As Ukraine Government Weakens

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Nato has announced it is to bolster its presence in eastern Europe in response to the crisis in Ukraine as preparations began for RAF jets to be sent ...

Afghanistan: Humanitarian Needs Remain Great

Sir John Holmes | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Afghanistan is entering a new phase after the Afghan people went to the polls with so much enthusiasm a few days ago. Whatever the result of the election, with NATO troops continuing their withdrawal, it is clear that the burden of responsibility for the country now rests with the Afghans themselves. However, it is vital that the international community do not lose interest, and that western governments in particular do not now consider their responsibility to the Afghan people to be over.

Ex-Nato Chief Says Scottish Independence Would Be 'Cataclysmic

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish independence could have a "cataclysmic" impact on the world, a former Nato general secretary has warned. Lord Robertson, a former UK defen...

Americans Polled Over Whether US Should Intervene If NATO Were Attacked By Russia

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

During the Cold War, Britain could always rely on America should the Queen spot a regiment of Soviet tanks rolling up The Mall. Well… that was the t...

NATO Suspends 'All Civilian And Military Cooperation' With Russia

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK

NATO has suspended all "practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. The move was revealed ...

Apparently, Putin Wants To Conquer Finland Next

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK

A former advisor to Vladimir Putin has said after the annexation of Crimea, the Russian president will not stop until he's conquered Belarus, the Balt...

Jessica Elgot

Five Things That Could Happen Now Russia Is Out Of G8 | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK

The world's industrialised nations have turned their back on Russia, following Moscow's annexation of Crimea. Though the G8 cannot expel its member...

15 Years on From Serbia - Why Does the UN Still Exist?

Marko Kasic | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Marko Kasic

I have no standing in passing judgement on the actions of those entrusted with making enormously difficult decisions, most of which are far beyond my comprehension. However, I do believe I am entitled, just like every other person, to ask the question of why the UN has not been sacked?

This Is Not Cold War Russia, This Is Imperial Russia

Luke Coffey | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

There has been a lot of rhetoric by politicians and commentators claiming that what we are seeing today is Cold War behavior and a resurgence of Soviet Russia. Not only is this view wrong, it completely misunderstands Vladimir Putin's intentions. What we see Russia doing in Crimea today is not Cold War Russia, it is Imperial Russia.

The Third World Fallacy: What It Really Means to Be From a Third World Country

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Awoowe Hamza

If you're expecting me to paint a picture of the struggles of those from developing countries to reinforce the first thought of an Aid commercial showing a young child that came to mind when you read the words 'Third World', then I am sorry to disappoint you.

The West Also Holds Responsibility for the Events in Ukraine

Scott Dickson | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics
Scott Dickson

It's a case of making your bed and sleeping in it. Why is anyone really surprised that Russia is intervening in Ukraine? The dully predictable outburst of anti-Russian sentiment in the media would suggest plenty of people are. Yet it would take only ten minutes on Wikipedia to be aware of the historical complexity of this region.

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."

Taliban Capture High Ranking British Dog

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

The Taliban have captured a British colonel. Looking mournful, and dragged around by a lead, the militant group's captive is likely to tug heartst...

Afghanistan After 2014: It Won't Be Perfect, but It Will Be Good Enough

Luke Coffey | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

As Britain approaches the end of its combat operations in Afghanistan, the usual fanfare associated with victory in war will be notably absent. No triumphal parades, no formal surrender ceremony, and no heroic march into an enemy's capital. As Churchill wrote in 1897, "the victory must be looked for in the results."

Britain's Top General Warns Over 'Hollowed Out' UK Forces

Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Britain is in danger of being left with hollowed out armed forces, with "exquisite" equipment but without the soldiers, sailors and airmen needed to m...

Turkey: Between Ottomanism and Erdoganism in the MENA Region?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is almost three years now that the world has been watching with some measure of awe the uprisings that have taken hold of parts of the Middle East ...

Nato Summit 2014 To Be Held In UK

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK

David Cameron has announced that Britain is to host the 2014 Nato summit, the gathering of leaders from the alliance states that has been held every t...

We Must Measure the Consequences of Intervening in Syria

Paul Flynn | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Flynn

We are all angry and upset at the terrible pictures of the atrocity in Syria. Poison gas is a cowardly and inhumane weapon. Its use against civilians is especially despicable. Instinctively we all want to punish the perpetrators and ensure there will be no repeat of this mass slaughter. That's the emotional reaction. The rational one is to measure the consequences of our using force in the Syrian Civil War.

Queen's Speech On Brink Of 'WW3'

PA | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK

They might have been the final words ever addressed by Queen Elizabeth II to her nation. With Britain on the brink of annihilation at the hands of ...

Syrian Civil War- Rebels Have Little Hope Left

Max Sobell | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Max Sobell

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's victory over the rebels seems almost assured now. Over two years ago with all the revolutionary thought of the Arab Spring, the Syrian Civil War began and today it is estimated that over 100,000 have died in the conflict and more than one million refugees created.

General Sir David Richards' leadership will be missed on both sides of the Atlantic

Luke Coffey | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

Many in the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces found his level of ambition to be intimidating. For others, his leadership style was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale department. Nevertheless it was this ambition, and his leadership abilities, that brought him to the very top of his profession.

Syria: Samantha Cameron Is Right, UK Defence Chiefs Are Wrong

Nehad Ismail | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

I don't believe David Cameron is blind to what is happening in one of the most strategic part of the World? The West's lack of clear decisive strategy has emboldened Iran, Russia and al Qaeda to operate freely in Syria.

Bye Bye Bilderberg - It's Been Emotional...

Ellen Grace Jones | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ellen Grace Jones

Come out Bilderbergers, your time is up! So used to operating under the cover of darkness, away from the glare of media lenses and public scrutiny. Not any more: haha! As the last Mercedes slunk through the Grove gates on Sunday, escorting the final delegate home, I basked in what had been a weekend scoring a twofold triumph.

Afghans 'Detained Illegally' at Camp Bastion

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

British forces could be illegally detaining up to 85 Afghan nationals in a holding facility at Camp Bastion, lawyers have claimed. Defence Secretar...