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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Tag Archives: Islam
After a week in Beirut meeting with an array of religious and political actors as well as humanitarian relief agencies it’s weird to be back in the Weald of Kent dependent once again on conventional news outlets for analysis of … Continue reading
Last week I explored how the shift to a multi-polar world might give rise to multiple understandings of modernity. I suggested that rather than resisting this trend the West needed to be tolerant of others who follow different paths with … Continue reading
Trawl the shelves of any respectable bookshop today and you will find a growing body of literature expounding the now well trodden thesis that China’s rise inevitably means the West’s demise. To be fair scholars have been exploring this possibility for … Continue reading
Where have all the Arabs gone? This question could well be answered over the next few days when the Syrian National Council and other opposition groups meet in Istanbul and when the Arab League meets in Baghdad. Political and media … Continue reading
Putting aside for the moment the unanswered question of whether Iran intends to militarize the nuclear capability that it appears likely to acquire any time soon, what exactly is driving Iran’s nuclear ambition? It is not the place of this blog to document … Continue reading
Later next month, on the 9th December, the Archbishop of Canterbury will be leading a debate in the House of Lords to call attention to the situation of Christians in the Middle East. The debate will provide an opportunity for Peers … Continue reading