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Category: International

  • December 19, 2014

    A European good news story

    The dramatic plunge in the Russian rouble and the knife-edge presidential votes precipitating elections in Greece provided more than enough copy for financial journalists this week. So it was perhaps no surprise that Tuesday’s launch of the European Commission’s 2015 work programme raised barely a flicker of interest. While the European Union has tended only […]
  • September 26, 2014

    Iraq: Coalition against Islamic State

    The decision on whether or not the UK should partake in air strikes against Islamic State has been looming ominously over parliament all summer. The prospect of the UK once again becoming involved in any sort of military campaign in the Middle East is something I naturally consider to be an absolute final resort. You […]
  • August 13, 2014

    We may now need to deploy ground troops in Iraq and Syria

    Understandably, much current historic coverage has concentrated on the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. But it was the Treaties of Versailles and Sevres, painstakingly negotiated at the end of hostilities, which has had a truly lasting impact – arguably to this day. The spoils of the First World War involved victorious politicians […]
  • May 31, 2014

    Modi’s India – Finally Open for Business from the City of London?

    Few would dispute that we have been here before. The opening up to UK investment of commercial opportunities in India has had many a false dawn over recent years. However, the assent of Narendra Modi to the Indian Prime Ministership promises a new era for the City of London, whose professional services have frequently felt […]
  • May 20, 2014

    Why Britain’s best future lies inside the European Union

    As we all well know, the growing sense of unease over the past decade at developments in the European Union has made withdrawal tantalisingly tempting to many of our fellow Britons. Indeed, those of us who believe our nation has a distinct, valuable economic and political contribution to make to Europe’s future are facing an […]
  • February 28, 2014

    Ukraine – Russia’s Opportunity for International Renaissance

    In the immediate aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse, the symbolic evidence of communism’s failure was inescapable. Along with the admission of ideological defeat – made all the more painful given the importance of ‘face’ and ‘pride’ to the Russian psyche – came financial meltdown and a sharp downgrading of Russia from global superpower to […]
  • November 5, 2013

    Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

    This morning Mark attended a Westminster Hall debate about the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Since the debate was so well attended, he was only able to make a short contribution. Pasted below is the text of the full speech that he wished to make.  In January 1945, my mother, too young even […]
  • August 30, 2013

    Syria Vote

    Last night, the Commons debated and was asked to vote on a motion, pasted below in full, concerning Syria. At the beginning of the week, it had appeared that the Commons would be asked whether or not to condone military action in Syria by the UK, something I would not have supported the government on. […]
  • August 28, 2013

    The complexity of locating Britain’s national interest in the Middle East

    The West’s tacit support of the military overthrow in early July of Egypt’s first Islamist president will have stark implications in the years ahead for our diplomatic relationships within the Middle East and beyond. The UK’s own Foreign Office still talks up the “Arab Spring” when in truth the idealistic enthusiasm of early 2011 that […]
  • June 5, 2013

    Forget the British Empire – Syria’s fate is not ours to determine

    Mark had the following piece published this morning by the Daily Telegraph. To read it online, here Anyone listening to recent reports on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government in Syria would no doubt have uttered to themselves that familiar conclusion, ‘Something must be done’. As tales from Syria get bloodier […]