Paul Reynolds
Paul Reynolds has worked as a foreign policy and international economics adviser in more than 70 countries across the globe, including many countries in conflict. He was appointed Chief Political Adviser for Coalition Forces in Iraq in 2003, and and traveled around Afghanistan working with the British Ambassador and Special Forces in 2008/9. He has advised the Chinese government on economic reforms, and worked within economic ministries in Japan. Conflict zones in which he has worked include Sierra Leone, Bosnia, West Bank, Rwanda. Timor Leste, Haiti and Pakistan. He also helps opposition groups in several countries including Cambodia, Myanmar and post-revolutionary Egypt. He designed and managed a Masters programme in 'reform leadership', in London. Working with think tanks in Washington DC he has made a study of US and European policy towards Iran and the Horn of Africa. He is based in London.

Entries by Paul Reynolds

Iraq: The UK's Chilcot Report Asks the Wrong Question

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2016 | (18:09)

The publication of the Chilcot Report into the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq war has as its focus the events that led up to the flawed decision over the UK going to war, and to some extent the other side of the equation; the impact of this flawed decision-making...

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The Coming Syrian Regional War? A Full Briefing

(3) Comments | Posted 11 September 2015 | (13:23)

The current question before the political leaders of the USA's allies such as the UK is 'how can we address the refugee problem at source, and how far should our escalating military efforts against ISIS and the Syrian regime go ?'.

At least, that is the kind of formulation...

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The End of China's 'Peaceful Rise' Doctrine?

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2014 | (11:06)

The new Chinese leadership has, over the last 18 months, shown itself to be very different from that of successive Post-1980 reformist administrations. The 'market reform' rhetoric is still there. The assertions about Communist Party supremacy and dislike of Western democratic values, are still there. So is the appeal to...

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Fighting to Protect Failure: Another War to Mop Up After the Last Ones

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2014 | (06:06)

British journalists are wrong. Countries do not frequently go to war without strategies, with flimsy aims, bad intel, or for spurious reasons. If it appears that they are doing so, then it is usually because war aims have to be concealed. Concealment can be necessary for many reasons.

In the...

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A Window on World Politics in 2014 - Cambodia

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2014 | (13:17)

In the often opaque world of international relations, from time to time a situation comes along which, whilst not earth shattering by itself, sheds a spotlight on how the international system works and the need for reform .

One such spotlight at present is the political situation in Cambodia, involving...

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The Real Significance of the New South Sudan Civil Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (02:28)

The latest civil conflict within newly-independent South Sudan is a depressing, avoidable tragedy.

This is a part of Africa that has already fought two 'civil' wars in pursuit of independence. It is chronically poor and suffers the worlds highest infant and maternal mortality - and female illiteracy. There are few...

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A Post-Election Tug-O'-War in Cambodia

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2013 | (15:44)

July 28th 2013 saw the most important elections in Cambodia for a decade. The results still have not been announced and are due, according to an Election Commission spokesman, sometime between the 14th August and 3rd September or thereabouts. The atmosphere across the nation is currently tense and fearful, with...

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Sri Lanka's 'Three Brothers' Pass Up the Chance of Lasting Peace

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2013 | (11:33)

It is four years since the end of the brutal war between government forces and the now militarily defeated Tamil Tigers (LTTE - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). The expected peace dividend however, including a much anticipated investment boom, has not materialised. The general population have come to see the...

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Djibouti - The Last Domino to Fall in the Horn of Africa

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (11:34)

On May 8th 2013 President Guelleh of Djibouti visits London. The situation in Djibouti and it's importance does not receive much attention in London. It should. The situation in the Horn of Africa is deteriorating. News of the impending defeat of Al Shabab and other such militant groups in South...

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Iraq - Lessons From an Insider

(5) Comments | Posted 25 March 2013 | (23:00)

It is 10 years since I was appointed as the lead independent political and governance adviser for the Coalition in Iraq, working under the Laws of Occupation. Prior to my appointment my views against the war were published. However, there had been at least three attempts in a short space...

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Syria: A Chance to Learn the Lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan ?

(2) Comments | Posted 13 August 2012 | (14:18)

The Syrian civil conflict could continue for several years - with Russian and Chinese political cover and military facilitation preventing the regime from being physically overrun, but with the majority of the population seeing the regime as illegitimate. The regime could however fall in weeks if there was an 'event'...

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War With Iran? A Summary of What You Need to Know

(83) Comments | Posted 27 March 2012 | (00:00)

Before the end of March the IAEA will reveal their next steps in the cat-and-mouse game over Iran's alleged nuclear weapons development programme.

The general impression given by 'Western' news reporting lines on the issue is that Iran is intent on developing a nuclear weapon, but this simply hasn't been...

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Deprivation and Despotism in Djibouti

(5) Comments | Posted 19 February 2012 | (23:00)

On Wednesday, 22 February 2012, President Guelleh of Djibouti will make a rare visit to London, to attend the London Conference on Somalia. He will of course be greeted with courtesy. The dire state of his nation and the nature of his regime however is unlikely to get much of...

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