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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: President Obama
Just when you thought that things couldn’t get worse in Syria, credible evidence surfaces indicating that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against its own citizens. With President Obama having previously stated that their use would be a game … Continue reading
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
As Britain votes today on whether to change its electoral system, we should spare a few thoughts for our friends across the pond as they gear up for the 2012 Presidential election. Barely six months on from the US Mid Term … Continue reading
Last night the United Nations Security Council passed a robust and far reaching Resolution in response to the situation in Libya. Whatever happens from here this is an important moment in the life of the United Nations. There is no … Continue reading
This week’s photo essay captures President Obama’s State of the Union address. I listened to the speech after having just read an article in the Chatham House journal, International Affairs, from Stefan Halper a resident scholar at Cambridge University and … Continue reading
Today’s meeting in Washington between US President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao will no doubt be a heavily scripted and staged managed state affair with nothing left to chance, not even the choice in and exchange of gifts. So … Continue reading
I was really saddened to hear that Richard Holbrooke, the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died yesterday at the age of 69. I was a great fan of this raging bull of a US diplomat – hence this brief obituary. … Continue reading
With Christmas fast approaching, here is a political riddle that you probably won’t find in your Christmas day cracker. Question: What do the Middle East Peace Process and the attempts to resolve the escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula have … Continue reading
The international media reaction to these MidTerm elections is strikingly different in tone to the coverage that followed the last MidTerm elections in 2006. In November 2006 The Guardian called the Democratic assumption of control over the House and Senate … Continue reading