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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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Tag Archives: Arab Democracy
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
Yesterday, I escaped the usual Monday morning rigours to attend a one day conference at Chatham House on the economics of the Arab Spring. Core to the conference was the thesis that despite the region’s political transformations addressing political grievances … 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
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
With public and political attention firmly transfixed by events in Libya are we at risk of loosing focus when it comes to Tunisia and Egypt? Are we in danger of seeing these revolutions as self-contained events rather than the start … Continue reading
Earlier this week I gently explored Israel’s phobia of Arab democracy. I suggested that if Immanuel Kant’s thesis held – ie that democracies don’t wage war - then much of Israel’s anxiety although understandable is overblown and excessive. I subsequently came across … Continue reading
The popular upheavals of recent months in North Africa and the Middle East have generated substantial public commentary about what happens next. What type of regime might replace Mubarak’s Egypt? Will the Muslim Brotherhood come to power? Will Egypt become … Continue reading