US Foreign Policy

Can this Lame Duck Fly?

James Davis | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
James Davis

Whether Obama has turned out to be a weak and ineffective President is a proposition we can debate, but not on the basis of yesterday's elections. True, the President will no longer dominate the domestic political agenda. On that question, the elections leave no room for doubt. At home, Obama is indeed a lame duck.

The US Needs to Increase Its Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Not Lessen It

Daniel Marriott | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

Yes the US is an intrinsically biased mediator, but it is this bias and the leverage it provides which is key to influencing Israel into accepting the terms of a two-state solution.

Intervention or Isolation - US Foreign Policy Just Got Interesting

Paul Vale | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Vale

A year later and the black flags of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS), currently fluttering across lands from from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala north-east of Baghdad, have once again pushed the noxious issue of intervention to the forefront of the US foreign policy debate - a discourse that is further dividing an already fractured Republican Party, with the question of action versus non-action likely to run all the way to the 2016 election.

The Liberal Media: US Imperialism's Biggest Cheerleaders

Ian Sinclair | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

In his essential book on UK foreign policy, Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the World, historian Mark Curtis notes "the ideological system promo...

The Ralph Miliband Saga Raises an Important Question: Was the Cold War Really a Battle Between "Good Guys" and "Bad Guys"

Daniel Wickham | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Wickham

Putting the Miliband saga aside, Brogan's comments on the Cold War deserve close attention. Was the Cold War really a "struggle between freedom and communism?", or is the history of the conflict more complicated?

Why Some Somali and Foreign Militants join Al-Shabab

Tam Hussein | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

How many Westgates do we need to realize that US policy in the Horn of Africa is a major contributor to bolstering support for groups like Al-Shabab amongst Somalis and foreign fighters alike?

Why a US Attack on Syria Would Have Little to Do With Chemical Weapons or Saving Lives

James Elliott | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

In a desire to suppress 'fascism' or 'radical evil' in Syria, many liberals are willing to succumb to Obama's whims, even in the knowledge that the chemical weapons rhetoric is bogus.

Blowing Up the Nusra Front

Tam Hussein | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

In the past two years, Western media coverage has focused on the growing popularity of Salafist jihadi groups like the Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) in Syria. These groups have become both an argument to intervene militarily, as well as a reason to stay out.

Next for the American-British Alliance?

Muddassar Ahmed | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Muddassar Ahmed

Diverse issues like instability in the Middle East, the financial crisis and climate change, all bear the footprint of the US. It is therefore incontrovertible that if we, here in the UK, wish to genuinely affect such issues, it is in our vital strategic interest to cement the 'special relationship.'

Dina Rickman

The Road Forward: Brits Frustrated With Obama Over Controversial Treaty

HuffingtonPost.com | Dina Rickman | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

LONDON -- Last October, shortly after midday, Theresa May, Britain's Home Secretary, stood up in the House of Commons and made an announcement that, i...

All the President's Men

James Davis | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Politics
James Davis

How can President Obama make good on his campaign promises to strengthen the welfare state, invest in America's crumbling infrastructure and preserve American leadership in world affairs - all in a period of sluggish growth and continued economic uncertainty? The president will have the first of two important opportunities to provide some answers at his inauguration this Sunday.

Childish Behaviour

Jacob Greaves | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jacob Greaves

In this seemingly endless episode of tit-for-tat between Russia and the US, Russian politicians have landed a blow against everyday Russians and Americans - and from it gained very little.

Paradigm Shift, Will Obama Radically Change US Foreign Policy?

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jasdev Singh Rai

President Obama has already proved dexterous in dealing with conflicts without protracted military engagements. But his biggest challenge will be to fundamentally re-orientate American foreign policy to prevent future US governments waging gung ho conflicts.

US Foreign Policy: Big Brother Should Befriend Not Bully

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Politics
Preetam Kaushik

For decades America has waged war on weaker nations on the pretext of maintaining global peace. The time has come for the most powerful nation on this planet earth to give the Gandhian principle of non-violence for settling disputes an honest chance.

A New Generation of Decreasingly Reliable Muslim Governments is Not a Promising Partnership for the US

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

In his second term, Mr Obama is likely to confront a multi-front Middle East of problems, which could become defining for both the U.S. and the world peace. It will be a time of wise choices, tough decisions and necessary sacrifices.

How Do UK Defence Experts View US Foreign Relations After Four Years of Obama?

Joel Faulkner Rogers | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Joel Faulkner Rogers

According to UK defence and security experts, president Obama's Afghan and counter-terrorism policies are broadly on the right track, while popular perceptions of US decline, diminishing European importance and Chinese supremacy are overstated. However, the Obama administration is also seen as having failed to improve US foreign relations in most key areas, particular with regards to Russia and the Middle East.

David Cameron and the Mitt in the Mirror

Nicholas Barrett | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Politics
Nicholas Barrett

Romney is terminally stained by the awkward perfume of elitism, something Cameron is and always has been trying desperately to run away from

UK and Turkey: A New Alternative European Alliance?

Ziya Meral | Posted 10.02.2012 | UK Politics
Ziya Meral

Ten years ago, such prognostications might have seemed almost a joke, but it seems that an Anglo-Turkish alliance might be the best thing that happened to Europe in a long time and could be the key to ensure that the crucial vision behind the founding of the EU is actualised in the 21st century.

9/11 and Global Tolerance

April Salchert | Posted 08.11.2011 | UK Politics
April Salchert

Who cares what language we speak or how we speak it as long as it is not a language speaking of war and violence? Besides, when all languages and culture are peeled away, why would we be afraid of creating a global culture?