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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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This is the third in a series of blogs that looks at the application of the just war tradition to the current political debate regarding military intervention in Syria The first provided a gentle introduction to the just war tradition … Continue reading
This is the second in a series of blogs that looks at the application of the just war tradition to the current political debate regarding military intervention in Syria. The first blog provided a gentle introduction to the just war … Continue reading
It’s been a few weeks, if not months, since I last blogged. Recent events in Syria and the subsequent international debate as to whether some form of intervention might be warranted have stirred me from hibernation. What follows is the … Continue reading
The conflict in Syria is a truly wicked affair. Beyond its human tragedy, its wickedness is evident by its very complexity. Wicked not in the moral sense but rather its resistance to resolution. First coined in 1973 by academics Horst … Continue reading
Whatever happens at next month’s Geneva conference on Syria one thing is clear, the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict will continue unabated. Indeed, there remains the possibility that the crisis could yet thwart diplomatic efforts by destabilizing neighbouring countries … Continue reading
In my last two blogs I tried to show how the narratives that we create and the stories we tell are sometimes self-serving. Narratives give us comfort. They help in defining ourselves, our beliefs and our responses. They provide a … Continue reading
No decision has yet been taken to arm the more moderate rebels, but last night’s decision by EU foreign ministers to amend the EU sanctions is already having an impact. Not, as Hague might have wished on the Assad regime’s … Continue reading
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
I’ve just finished reading John Le Carre’s entertaining spy thriller, A Small Town in Germany. This story takes place in Bonn in the 1960s and concerns the joyless workings of the British Consulate at a time when Britain was desperately … Continue reading