Category Archives: American Foreign Policy

The perils of debating US Foreign Policy


What does the third and final US Presidential debate tell us about US foreign policy priorities for the next four years? Probably not much, given that both candidates tried their darndest to use the debate to air disagreements over the economy. … Continue reading

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US Foreign Policy and the Niebuhrian Needle


Later next month the US electorate goes to the polls to vote in the Presidential elections. With high unemployment and anaemic economic growth foreign policy is unlikely to be a major influencing factor in the way Americans vote. For the … Continue reading

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The end of the 9/11 Era


Tuesday marked the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. Unlike previous years, this year’s memorial ceremony held at Ground Zero placed the relatives of those who lost loved ones center stage. Politicians were in attendance, but they played no formal role in the proceedings. … Continue reading

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What if I take my problems to the United Nations?


When G. W. Bush beat Al Gore in the race to the White House, few questioned the idea that the world was unipolar or that the US would remain dominant for decades to come. Ten years on the situation looks … Continue reading

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Power, Violence and Democracy Post 9/11


With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 fast approaching I’ve been reviewing some of the reports I wrote or assisted in producing for the Church as it grappled with the repercussions of that fateful day.  This is not an exercise in nostalgia … Continue reading

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Lessons for Europe: The US and International Religious Freedom


Those pressing for the EU to pay greater attention to the issue of Christian persecution overseas often cite the US as a model of best practice. Reference is usually made to the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act which created, amongst other things, an Ambassador-at-Large for … Continue reading

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US/Sino Relations – Invoking the Legacy of Martin Luther King


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

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Richard Holbrooke – The Death of a Raging Bull


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

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Obama – The Emperor without any Clothes?


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

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The US MidTerm Elections – What does it mean for the rest of us?


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

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