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Welcome to my blog - I'm Charles Reed and I advise the Church of England on foreign policy issues.
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Tag Archives: NATO
Which ever way you look at it it’s been a perilously bad few months for NATO operations in Afghanistan. The Quran burning incident allied to video footage of US soldiers urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban fighters followed by … Continue reading
Tensions between politicians and the armed forces have once again spilled over into the public domain these last few weeks with the latter complaining once again that they are being asked to do more with less. Much of the existing ill … 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
After a round of meetings in Poland yesterday with President Bronislaw Komorwski, the Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, heads to Brussels today for the start of the EU-Russia Summit. Medvedev aims to secure EU approval of Moscow’s bid to join the … Continue reading
After my post last Thursday on the prospects for the forthcoming NATO summit in Lisbon, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, the Bishop of Wakefield and the lead bishop on international security affairs, offers his own expert reflections on the subject. These … Continue reading
NATO leaders are currently meeting in Lisbon with the aim of agreeing a new Strategic Concept for the Alliance. The current Strategic Concept dates from 1999 and looks increasingly frayed round the edges. The best way to explain why NATO … Continue reading
This is the third in a series of posts exploring what the comprehensive spending review and the strategic defence and security review tells us about Britain’s future role in the world. This post reflects on the following question: Did the … Continue reading
Next Tuesday, 2 November, America goes to the polls. America won’t be electing a new President but the results of the mid-term elections to Congress and Senate will significantly shape the next two years of the Obama Administration. With Obama’s … Continue reading