Author Archives: Charles Reed

Fresh, if uncertain, beginnings


Last’s week’s referendum decision to leave the EU caught all by surprise, not least Nigel Farage, its chief advocate, who having conceded defeat once the polling stations had closed emerged jubilant the following morning. Caught off-guard and with old scripts … Continue reading

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Values and identity in foreign policy


It is hard not to feel a general sense of weariness with the state of the world. Newspapers are filled with one crisis after another and these crises appear more wickedly complex than anything we have dealt with in the … Continue reading

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The Church and the Armed Forces Covenant


This evening at Lambeth Palace the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York will sign on behalf of the Archbishop’s Council of the Church of England an Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. The signing will be witnessed by the Anna … Continue reading

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Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Gaza


To visit Gaza is to be reminded that war, whatever its justification, is a deadly and destructive affair. With 3 wars in 5 years it is impossible to distinguish between the damage caused by each. The scenes of desolation in … Continue reading

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Building Trust: Arab-EU Citizens Dialogue


I’m in Brussels at the moment taking part in a conference that brings together scholars and academics from Europe and the Arab world as well as civil society organisations, religious communities, journalists and politicians. This is the fourth in the … Continue reading

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British military action against ISIS


Parliament’s recall brings into sharp focus the question of whether the use of force against ISIS is justifiable. It is easy to build a convincing ethical case for military force, but political questions remain as to whether the overarching strategy … Continue reading

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Obama’s strategy to destroy ISIS


In a televised address to the American people on Wednesday night President Obama outlined his grand strategy to combat ISIS. How comprehensive a strategy is it and what does it mean both for the region and those countries, like the … Continue reading

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