About this blog
Welcome to my blog - I'm Charles Reed and I advise the Church of England on foreign policy issues.
This blog covers a variety of topics from US foreign policy to European politics and the Middle East - and whatever else happens to be in the news or catch my attention.
This is a conversational blog so please join in as your comments are an essential part of making the whole thing work.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
Today, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion – that’s the claim made by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in its report last week, The State of World Population 2011. How should we engage with this statistic? … Continue reading
The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, has written a challenging opinion piece on why laws must change concerning multinationals and tax havens that appears in this week’s edition of the Church Times. In case you don’t read the … Continue reading
The Euro zone deal agreed in the early hours of this morning might be short on financial details, but there is little doubt as to its political ramifications. Signatories have made clear that they see the Euro as core to … Continue reading
Yesterday the Archbishop of Canterbury issued a statement – copied below - on the recent disturbances in Cairo. The statement draws attention to Egypt’s long history of peaceful interfaith relations and the urgency of ensuring the rights of all citizens are assured. In a … Continue reading
Tuesday’s industrial action by French train drivers made my journey to Strasbourg a more complicated, but no less pleasant affair. There really is no other way to travel in Europe. The protracted eight hour journey from London Kings Cross provided … Continue reading
Which ever way you look at it the disproportionate use of force over the weekend against peaceful demonstrators in Cairo is alarming and disconcerting, but we should be wary of seeing the recent disturbances as the start of some Iraqi … Continue reading
With the Anglican Alliance’s regional consultation in Sao Paulo drawing to a close, it is time to reflect on a question I posed at the start of my visit here, namely what does it mean to be Church in such a … Continue reading
The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Michael Langrish has written a challenging opinion piece on food security that appears in this week’s edition of the Church Times. In case you don’t read the Church Times or miss this week’s edition … Continue reading
Today, at the start of the Anglican Alliance’s Regional Consultation in Sao Paulo, Sally Keeble, the Alliance’s Director launched the Alliance’s website. This is a significant and exciting moment in the life of this new body. What is striking about … Continue reading