Category: Foreign Affairs

Iowa: The Raucous Caucus

As the nomination process for US presidential candidates gets under way, one writer looks at the significance of the early states for leading Democrats. Iowa and New Hampshire have always been the first frontiers...

President Obama wipes away a tear whilst announcing his plan to take executive action to introduce stricter gun controls. (Photo: Time)

The British are coming

As Barack Obama enters his final year as President, Matt Smith examines the problem of partisanship that has plagued his tenure from start to (almost) finish. In the USA there exists a crippling phenomenon...

Co-founder of Farmficcency Perceus Mlambo (far right) standing with his team of Progressio volunteers whilst visiting a smallholder farmer in Zimbabwe. (Photo: Holly Norcop)

Out of Sci-Fi and Into Society

Holly Norcop travelled to Zimbabwe to examine technology’s potential for international development. Just ahead of Mr Osborne’s spending plan announcement, crossbencher the Earl of Sandwich opened a debate in the House of Lords to...

Cologne Culture Clash

What happened in Cologne is the latest symptom of a Europe that sorely needs to reassert its basic cultural values. On New Year’s Eve 2015, the German city of Cologne was the scene of...

An Afghan policeman aiming his PKM light machine gun in Marjah district, Helmand province. (Photo: Washington Post)

The Struggle for Sangin

One year after Nato troops ended combat operations in Afghanistan, the Taliban are close to overrunning Sangin, a key town in Helmand province. Akshay Narayan examines a rapidly deteriorating security situation. Why is Sangin...

Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National. (Photo: The Telegraph)

Right Side Up

Radical right-wing parties are on the rise in Europe, but they’re not all as extreme as their opponents make them out to be. Marine Le Pen’s Front National topped the polls in the first...

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn. (Photo: www.insidehousing.co.uk)

War is not Helping

The road to war is paved with good intentions. We want to help, but instead cause death, destruction and destabilisation. Shortly before MPs voted in favour of air strikes in Syria, shadow foreign secretary...

Rand Paul, Republican senator for Kentucky, presidential candidate and radical libertarian. (Photo: Rand Paul)

Rand Paul’s Land of the Free

Republican presidential hopeful and fanatical libertarian Rand Paul has been accused of isolationism and worse in the past. But his policies resonate, and Sam Betley argues that he has a huge opportunity, if he...

Bomb Syria at Your Own Risk

France is posturing for war and Britain looks set to join them. Matthew Howlett argues that David Cameron would be making a mistake to do the same. Needless to say, the brutal and tragic...

Refugees deserve our help just as much as our own citizens. (Photo: Getty Images)

Blaming Refugees Won’t Work

The terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris last week shouldn’t be blamed on refugees. In the aftermath of such horrific events, we must turn to love, not rejection. Like many people on Friday night,...

Nato and the world stand in solidarity with France – it’s time to walk the walk. (Photo: David Little UK)

Dogs of War

After the events in Paris, Matt Gillow argues that what we need is a war. On Saturday night, French President François Hollande declared the attacks on Paris, carried out by so-called Islamic State, killing...

Recep Erdoğan, President of Turkey and former leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) (Photo: Guardian)

Turkey’s Troublesome Turn

Turkey is heading down a dangerous path. What happens next will have significant implications, not just for the Turkish people, but for anyone that wants a future of peace and freedom. Turkish politics has...

Candidates from left to right: John Kasich, Mick Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Rand Paul. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

GOP Debate: The Winners, The Losers

Republican sympathiser Ryan Denning casts his analytical eye over the third Republican presidential debate. Wednesday the 28th of October saw the third Republican presidential debate, and much like the previous two, it delivered controversy...

Democracy or the EU: Pick One

Recent events in Portugal show more clearly than ever that the aims of the European Union are incompatible with nation state democracy. Portugal is in the midst of a political crisis. The 4 October...

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