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Europe’s ‘war on people smugglers’

  • May 14, 2015
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We’ve had the war on drugs and the war on terror, and now the European Union in its infinite wisdom is preparing to add a new conflict to this less-than- illustrious tradition, in the shape of its militarised response to ‘people smuggling’ that has finally been rolled out this week.     To be precise,...

Clinton and Bush: Hawk versus Hawk

  • February 19, 2015
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If you take seriously the premise that US military power is a force for international stability and global good,   then a number of events over the last two weeks ought to give pause for thought.   In Kosovo, nearly 16 years after NATO bombed Yugoslavia, UNCHR reported that 10,000 people had filed for asylum...

Iraq Implodes

  • June 15, 2014
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The startling advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Iraq are the most dramatic and visible success that the transnational jihad movement has achieved since its intitial emergence in the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the early 80s.     Since the end of that war, one...

‘Unforeseen Consequences’ and the Unravelling of Libya

  • April 03, 2012
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The imperium and its cohorts are in a hurry these days.     No sitting around waiting for the wheels of diplomacy or negotiations to take their course for them.   Not when there’s a world to be put to rights, wars that need to be fought, rebels to be armed, regimes to topple.    ...

Through a Stratfor darkly

Through a Stratfor darkly

  • March 09, 2012
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In western democracies the public has long become accustomed to looking at foreign policy through a rose-tinted lens, in which the actions of our governments always appear to be motivated by moral principles and humanitarianism.

We see politicians like Blair, Hague, Cameron and Sarkozy appear on television with furrowed brows to express their horror and outrage...

Libya – another intervention unravels?

  • January 05, 2012
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There’s an interesting analysis by Tony Karon on Time‘s Global Spin blog of the emerging chaos in post-Gaddafi Libya.   Karon writes of Tuesday’s gunbattle in Tripoli between rival militia factions, of armed gunmen terrorising towns and neighbourhoods, of tribal and factional competition that may yet lead to civil war in a country where...

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