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The End of Iraq: How The West Still Pays for 2003

July 20, 2014 by


The seemingly unstoppable march of ISIS/ISIL (now the Islamic State) through much of Iraq and some of Syria has quickly rekindled the vociferous debate surrounding the invasion of 2003. While today’s crisis is the product of many factors, the war in Iraq and its subsequent management not only predestined this conflict, but foreclosed any potential […]

Free Press Under Threat?: The State of UK Journalism

February 25, 2014 by


From Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks to the phone hacking scandal, journalists are increasingly making the news. While the UK government’s response to the allegations of phone hacking, a judge-led inquiry, was measured, its reaction to the revelations brought forth by Edward Snowden has been thinly veiled panic. And the result is worrying. Under pressure from […]

The UN and Iran: Friend or Foe? Keep Them Close…

January 29, 2014 by


By withdrawing its invitation to Iran to join the Syria peace talks, the UN has missed a golden opportunity that carried very little actual risk. After initially inviting Iranian delegates to the Geneva II Conference the UN rescinded its invitation after angry responses from the US and the Syrian National Coalition (SNC). Iran supports the […]

China’s ADIZ: A Political Skirmish

December 3, 2013 by


China’s declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone has prompted much debate around American strategy in the region, and how long-term interests must be served in light of the ambitions of this rising power. This has detracted somewhat from the edict itself—it’s dismissed as a fulfilment of our preconceptions of China (an expansionist power), and as […]

Afghanistan: Effective US Withdrawal is Impossible

November 24, 2013 by


Talks among Afghan tribal elders are ongoing at the Loya Jirga this week over the prospect of the withdrawal of American troops in 2014. The outgoing President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has requested that any agreement should be signed after the presidential elections in April next year, however it is likely that a deal will […]

Kennedy’s Legacy and the Danger of Whatif History

November 21, 2013 by


More so than most figures in U.S. history, the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination will evoke much soul-searching not just in America but around the world. Those old enough to recall his tenure will reminisce about opportunities lost, but for all to see, the spectre of youth and modernity Kennedy embodied will be revived. […]

Intervention in Syria: The Next Move, and a Game-Changer

September 6, 2013 by


The war in Syria has always been a conflict fought in the shadows of international powers. The blood spilt has been tremendous, and only made worse by the recent spate of chemical attacks targeting civilians. Global intervention has already been rife, however, it is this latest use of chemical weapons that has prompted the threat […]