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.
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Category Archives: Food Security
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
They say that when it comes to attitudes about smoking the most intolerant people are ex-smokers. One week on from starting my Love Food-Hate Waste craze I’m beginning to wonder whether I’m developing a similar intolerance to those who abuse food. … Continue reading
Tomorrow marks the start of Time for Creation, a period stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October, which churches across Europe have in recent years earmarked as a time of “prayer for the protection … Continue reading
The week before last I blogged on the Anglican Alliance’s efforts to mobilise pressure ahead of last week’s G20 Agriculture Minister’s meeting. As part of that effort the Bishop of Exeter wrote to Caroline Spelman, the Secretary of State at … Continue reading
A frequent complaint levelled at the Church is that it is a rather slow, cumbersome and antiquated body out of touch with the concerns of ordinary citizens. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent editorial in the New Statesmen paints a rather … Continue reading
Last month I blogged on how rising food prices in the Middle East might have provided the immediate trigger to the Arab Spring. Two reports, both dealing with the question of resource scarcity in an interdependent world, have since caught … Continue reading
The events in North Africa and the Middle East might now seem like a regular feature on the news agenda, but we shouldn’t forget that they caught us unaware. In our rush to speculate on how the Arab Awakening might eventually play … Continue reading