Category Archives: British Foreign Policy

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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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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Resolving the Crimean Standoff


In Musings of a Restless Bishop, the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, poses the million dollar question as to why Russia is doing what it is doing and why is it doing it now? The question reminds … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s refugee crisis


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

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The stories we tell about Syria


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

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Syrian butterflies and the law of unintended consequences


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

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