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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: Egypt
It has been amusing over the last few months to read the media stories as to who might or might not be the next Archbishop of Canterbury. More interesting perhaps is who will succeed Pope Shenouda III as the leader … Continue reading
Once again our attention is being drawn back to the unfolding drama in the Middle East. Enthralled though I am by the daily 24 hour news coverage – yes, I’m a news junkie – I find myself none the wiser … 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
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
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
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 … 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
Which ever way you look at it, the Government has been a having a pretty tough time developing a coherent approach to the unfolding events in the Middle East. Each time the government attempts to get ahead of the curve … 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