Monthly Archives: October 2009

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October 29, 2009

Hard Choices in Defence for the next British Government

HAIR
Professor Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War, All Souls College, Oxford University
PANEL
Crispin Blunt MP (Conservative), Shadow Minster for Security and Counter Terrorism
Nick Harvey MP (Liberal Democrat), Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Professorial Fellow in British Security …

Posted in Event
October 28, 2009

APPG Event: Dr Wilfried Martens

By kind invitation of Derek Twigg MP, Wilfried Martens,  a Prime Minister of Belgium for 10 years and President of the EPP since 1990, spoke on the past and future of the EPP, Britain’s role in Europe and the Trans-Atlantic …

Posted in Europe, Event, Trans-Atlantic Relations
October 26, 2009

Peace-building in an unstable world

By kind invitation of Meg Munn MP, Dr Elisabeth Rehn, the world’s first female defence minister and former UN Under-Secretary-General in Bosnia & Herzegovina, spoke about the problems of the Peace Accords in the Balkans and the importance of female …

Posted in Defence, Europe, Event, Human Rights
October 23, 2009

Rising Temperatures lead to Rising Responsibilities

Executive Summary:
Climate-related disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity in direct proportion to the rise in global temperatures, threatening the economic and social development of the most vulnerable and poorest of countries.
Such disasters present a humanitarian claim for assistance that, …

Posted in Opinion Editorial
October 22, 2009

‘Winning the long war: Retaking the offensive against radical Islam’

By kind invitation of The Rt Hon Dr Denis MacShane MP, Ilan Berman, Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington DC, spoke on the need for a different approach in tackling the Global War on Terror. He …

Posted in Defence, Event, Islamism, Terrorism & Security
October 19, 2009

The UN in Nuclear Talks: Accelerated Thinking on an Old Problem

Executive Summary:

• On the 24th September 2009, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution pledging ‘support for progress on stalled efforts to end nuclear weapons proliferation’. Chaired by President Obama, the Security Council expressed a renewed urgency for a commitment …

Posted in Opinion Editorial
October 15, 2009

Moving forward in Somalia: The central government is not the only game in town

1.    Somalia’s government, established on the back of the fifteenth peace conference since 1991, is failing in spite of high hopes at the start of the year that this time things might be different.
2.    The international community’s dogged determination to …

Posted in Opinion Editorial
October 13, 2009

“Missile Defence and Russia’s Security Chess Game”

By kind invitation of Nadine Dorries MP, Janusz Bugajski, Director of the New European Democracies Project and Senior Fellow of the Europe Program, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C. spoke on the state of affairs between the US, …

Posted in Event, RSC Event, Russia, Russia Studies Centre
October 12, 2009

The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran defies the West

By kind invitation of Patrick Mercer MP, Dore Gold, Israel’s former UN Ambassador and special advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu, spoke of the very real threat posed to global security by Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He explained how a nuclear armed Iran poses …

Posted in Event, Iran
October 7, 2009

The Caspian Comes to Europe

If EU policymakers and companies won’t go to Caspian energy producers with serious offers for their hydrocarbons, Caspian producers will just have to go to the EU.  This seems to be the message sent by Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan as their …

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