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Opinion Editorials
January 22, 2018
United Kingdom

Britain can be a power in Asia

John Hemmings
and
James Rogers
Recently the Lowy Institute’s Aaron Connelly argued that there is not much Britain can do in Asia because British power is diminishing. This is unsurprising. One of the biggest challenges in international relations is ascertaining a given state’s place in the international system. ...
January 22, 2018
Turkey

Turkish operation in Afrin could result in calamity for Ankara

Kyle Orton
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened on Jan. 13 to begin a military operation “in about a week ” to evict Kurdish militants from Afrin in northwestern Syria. Erdoğan has repeatedly threatened to “cleanse ” Afrin of the fighters over the last ...
January 21, 2018
Turkey

The Afrin Offensive Won’t Break Turkey Away From Russia’s Policy in Syria

Kyle Orton
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened on Jan. 13 to begin a military operation “in about a week ” to evict Kurdish militants from Afrin in northwestern Syria. Erdoğan has repeatedly threatened to “cleanse ” Afrin of the fighters over ...
January 19, 2018

The US and UK have been subsidising Europe’s security for years

James Rogers
The European Union likes to think of itself as an innovation in international affairs, an attempt by its members to live peacefully with one another, as well as with outside states. It is an attempt to transcend geopolitics. As the ...
January 12, 2018
Japan

UK-Japan Cooperation in Preserving the Liberal Order

John Hemmings
While much has been written on the apparent diminishment of the liberal global order, and on the rise of Chinese and Russian revisionism in Ukraine and the South China Sea, comparatively little has been written about how liberal democracies around ...
January 3, 2018
Russia

From Evropa to Gayropa: A Critical Geopolitics of the European Union as Seen from Russia

Dr. Andrew Foxall
The role of geopolitics in European Union (EU) foreign policy has been the focus of much media, political, and scholarly commentary. This literature has interrogated the topic from a number of perspectives, critically exploring, for example, the construction and embodiment ...
December 23, 2017
Syria

Can Trump Correct Course on Obama’s Failed Iran Policy?

Kyle Orton
A widely reported, 15,000-word article by Josh Meyer in Politico on Sunday moves us another step closer to finding out the actual terms of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Though the Obama administration sold the ...
December 18, 2017
Syria

Trump Has Continued Obama’s Policy in Syria

Kyle Orton
Nearly a year into Donald Trump’s administration, the president has followed the track laid down by his predecessors in Syria, accelerating it in some cases, and reinforcing the negative trends of Barack Obama’s defective policy that will undo even apparent ...
December 15, 2017
United Kingdom

Looking to create a ‘Global Britain’? Japan and the Royal Navy might hold the answer

Henry Jackson Society
The image of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson shaking hands with their Japanese counterparts, Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera in the National Maritime Museum yesterday was heavy in symbolism. Taking place in Greenwich, ...
December 15, 2017
United Kingdom

The rest of the EU is in debt to the UK when it comes to the defence of Europe

James Rogers
At the end of the Second World War, the situation on the continent was bleak: European civilisation – or what was left of it – was profoundly disturbed and razed almost wholly to the ground. Germany was in abject desolation, ...
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January 3, 2018

Ballot rigging, bribery, beatings and elimination

Henry Jackson Society
As the 2018 Russian Presidential elections approach, the Putin regime may resort to time honored techniques for dealing with unwelcome candidates, observers and members of electoral commissions. There were numerous reports of massive irregularities in the preliminary voting (“primaries”) to select ...
December 13, 2017

What the European Union owes the United Kingdom

Henry Jackson Society
Read the full policy briefing here A policy briefing by The Henry Jackson Society – What the European Union owes the United Kingdom – highlights how European defence is substantially dependent upon the United Kingdom’s financial contributions. Countries on the European mainland ...
December 12, 2017

Butting Away at the State

Henry Jackson Society
On 2 November 2016, the court in Vologda sentenced Yevgeny Domozhirov to 40 hours compulsory labour. The National Electoral Commission declined even to consider the candidacy of Lyudmila Kuzmina for appointment to the Electoral Commission of Samara province. Local developers ...
November 30, 2017

Qatar and the Gulf Crisis

Henry Jackson Society
A new report by the Henry Jackson Society – Qatar and the Gulf Crisis – examines the charges made against the Qatari government by other Gulf states and questions whether the small nation is engaged in power politics and bolstering ...
November 28, 2017

Global Britain and the Future of the British Armed Forces

Henry Jackson Society
A new policy paper by the Henry Jackson Society – “Global Britain and the Future of the British Armed Forces” – finds that in order for Britain to position itself as a truly ‘Global’ nation and as uncertainty intensifies across ...