Browsing All posts tagged under »International Relations«

Iran and Israel: Nuclear Energy in the Shadows

October 7, 2013 by


Iran is currently crippled by international sanctions as a result of the west’s distrust of its nuclear programme. Many believe it is trying to reach a stage where it could quickly acquire a nuclear weapon. This is something the Iranian government has strongly denied. During the tenure of former-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tensions escalated to the […]

Obama and Rouhani: Cordial Relations Are Still a Long Way Off

October 5, 2013 by


History was apparently made when Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, received a phone call from Barack Obama at the United Nations assembly last month. It marked the first time in 27 years that senior leaders of each government had talked directly, and—besides exchanging the usual sycophantic pleasantries—they reportedly discussed their mutual desire to rapidly resolve the […]

Syria: A Poker Game

September 29, 2013 by


The UN has adopted a resolution to securely dispose of Syria’s chemical weapons after Russia and the US reached an apparent agreement. This has been hailed as a victory for international diplomacy. It isn’t. It is merely just another move in the poker game that is Syria, or rather, the Middle East. At first glance […]

Syria’s an International Game, but Britain’s no longer an International Player

September 25, 2013 by


In the wake of what George Galloway has called the “democratic revolt” against the government it seems increasingly unlikely that Britain will participate in military strikes against Syria. Worth exploring, however, is why the government was so desperate to intervene, what were their stated motives, and what impact parliament’s decision might have on Britain’s status […]

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 […]

Military in Politics: Some Things Never Change

July 1, 2013 by


The Egyptian army has threatened to intervene if the present unrest is allowed to continue. The military has given political parties 48 hours to open a dialogue with the protesters that are filling the streets of Cairo day after day, calling upon Mohammed Morsi to resign. Today the Cairo headquarters of Morsi’s political party, The […]

Arms for Syrian Rebels: USA’s Bad Move?

June 15, 2013 by


Acting on evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons (therefore crossing the so-called ‘red line’), the White House has announced that it will begin arming the Syrian Opposition. So why are the Americans arming the rebels? Firstly it seems important to point out that this is nothing new. Croatian-made weapons, paid for by […]

Trident: A Necessary Renewal?

February 15, 2013 by


     There is a lesser-known review in progress, headed by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, over what 40 years ago would have constituted Britain’s most pressing security concern. This review on the renewal of Trident missile systems and the Vanguard-class submarines that launch them will be handed to David Cameron and Nick […]

The French Should be Cautious in Mali

February 1, 2013 by


France’s mission in Mali “has been completed”. Or so has been announced by the French Defence Secretary Jean-Yves Le Drian. This statement came after a number of key cities, among them Timbuktu, were liberated by French forces as of Tuesday. The French administration however would be advised not to make such suggestive statements of only […]

The Falklands Islands Dispute

February 20, 2012 by


And so, with the fast-approaching 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, begins the second round of opportunistic begging on the part of the newly re-elected Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The stage is set. Britain, as a result of defence budget cuts, is in an even worse position to defend the islands from invasion […]