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.
This is a conversational blog so please join in as your comments are an essential part of making the whole thing work.
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Author Archives: R-Europe
A few weeks back when Parliament was still sitting the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Revd Christoher Cocksworth, tabled a series of written questions in the House of Lords pressing the Government as to how it was responding to the … Continue reading
As the full horrors of what has happened in Mosul slowly begins to sink in, the question of how we might respond surfaces. This blog attempts to sketch out a first response. Acknowledging the deep psychological trauma that has been … Continue reading
I’m not a pacifist, but the conflict in Gaza sickens me. The indiscriminate military tactics of both sides dehumanises all parties. The shelling of innocents erodes rather than legitimiates the moral narratives both sides are frantically promoting over the airwaves. … Continue reading
Travelling by train from London to Strasbourg this week gave me the rare opportunity to catch up on some long intentioned reading. My book of choice for the journey through the sun kissed French countryside was Peter Mair’s Ruling the … Continue reading
Syria There is a growing recognition that despite its brutality, the civil war in Syria is going to be with us for some time to come, maybe as long as a decade. This conclusion is based on both an understanding … Continue reading
In my last blog I looked at Russia’s annexation of Crimea and tried to unpack some of the reasons why Russia took the decisions that it did. I suggested that if we can look into Putin’s soul and fathom the … Continue reading