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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: Libya
The British government once again finds itself at the centre of a political storm regarding its past collusion with a very unpleasant regime. In a statement in the House of Commons yesterday the Prime Minister stated that “our relationship with … Continue reading
Following on from a post I wrote last week on the importance of continuing to reflect on the ethics of our intervention in Libya even after Gaddafi’s fall, I’m encouraged to learn that the Carnegie Council are bringing out a special edition of Ethics and International Affairs that … Continue reading
Earlier this week David Cameron used a statement on the rapidly changing situation in Libya to re-state his belief that the decision to deploy military force to support the Libyan people was necessary, legal and right. Do you agree? Military … Continue reading
Before you ask, yes, I had a good summer break – a break from work, email, i-phone, TV and texts. The isolated splendor of riding through the Weald of Kent meant I missed out on the summer disturbances that blighted … Continue reading
If, like me, you think our military intervention in Libya is going horribly wrong politically, you might be interested in the following analysis from the International Crisis Group. The short report draws attention to the high risk political strategy that … Continue reading
The Rt Revd John Packer, the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, made a useful intervention in today’s debate in the House of Lords on Libya and wider developments in the Middle East The debate is still on going but you … Continue reading
This week I posted a series of blogs in advance of a briefing I’m writing for bishops taking part in tomorrow’s House of Lords debate. The final briefing encompasses recent developments in Libya, the process of political change in Egypt … Continue reading
Location, location, location is the mantra when it comes to buying property, but does it also hold when it comes to the hosting of major diplomatic events? If it does, what does the hosting of yesterday’s London Conference on Libya at … Continue reading
Next Friday, 1 April, Peers will spend the whole day debating recent events in Libya and the wider Middle East. It is my job to ensure that those bishops taking part in this debate are properly briefed. Whether they use that briefing is … Continue reading
After reading through nearly seven hours of Parliamentary debate yesterday on Operation Odyssey, I now realise that I’m not the only one at a loss to know how this is all going to end and how long it might all … Continue reading