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January 22, 2018

Britain can be a power in Asia

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. …

Posted in Asia, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom

Turkish operation in Afrin could result in calamity for Ankara

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 …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Turkey
January 21, 2018

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

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 …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, The Orton Report, Turkey
January 19, 2018

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

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 …

Posted in Global Britain Editorial, Opinion Editorial
January 12, 2018

UK-Japan Cooperation in Preserving the Liberal Order

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 …

Posted in Japan, Opinion Editorial
January 3, 2018

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

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 …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Russia
December 23, 2017

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

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 …

Posted in Iran, Opinion Editorial, Syria, The Orton Report
December 18, 2017

Trump Has Continued Obama’s Policy in Syria

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 …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Syria, The Orton Report
December 15, 2017

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

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, …

Posted in Japan, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom

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

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, …

Posted in Defence, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom

Britain deserves respect in the Brexit talks given how much it has done to keep Europe safe

By James Rogers
On Tuesday, Philippe Lamberts, the Greens’ representative on the British withdrawal steering group in the European Parliament, denounced the UK as a “gangster”. A few weeks before, Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s lead negotiator on Britain’s withdrawal, also fired a …

Posted in Defence, Opinion Editorial, United Kingdom
December 10, 2017

Banning jihadists from re-entering Britain could ease terror threat, says DR ALAN MENDOZA

Two months ago, MI5 chief Andrew Parker warned that we are facing a “multidimensional threat” from terrorism that is rapidly evolving “at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before.”Our intelligence services currently run more than 500 operations involving around …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Terrorism & Security
December 4, 2017

Securing British Interests in the Gulf Crisis

The decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to impose a boycott on Qatar this summer was an out-of-character development for the Gulf, where all too much politics is conducted behind closed doors between the ruling …

Posted in Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Qatar, The Orton Report
November 30, 2017

‘Just living’ with a nuclear armed North Korea shouldn’t be an option

The story that came from a diplomatic backchannel between the US and North Korea during the early months of the Trump administration was telling. A group of American experts travelled to Stockholm to meet a group of North Korean officials …

Posted in North Korea, Opinion Editorial

Brexit Britain can chart a new global destiny by spending more on defence

After the short and brutal Prussian war against France in 1870 which consolidated the Hohenzollern dynasty’s German empire, the British Conservative statesman Benjamin Disraeli warned: “The balance of power has been entirely destroyed, and the country which suffers more and feels …

Posted in Defence, Opinion Editorial
November 28, 2017

Against the backdrop of Brexit, the time has come to increase the UK defence budget

Brexit has prompted an urgent and necessary debate on the future British relationship with the European mainland. It has recently brought to mind the observations made by William Gladstone following the Prussian defeat of France in the late 19th century, …

Posted in Defence, Opinion Editorial

Spending 2 per cent on defence is not enough

As the government undertakes a reappraisal of the 2015 national defence and security review, the Ministry of Defence is said to be facing another budgetary crisis. Insofar as further efficiency savings are unlikely, there are two options: cutting military capabilities …

Posted in Defence, Opinion Editorial
November 23, 2017

In an Era of Brexit and Chinese Power, is it time for a New UK–India ‘special relationship’?

By Dr. John Hemmings and Jack Wright
As the UK looks to define a new global role for itself after Brexit, it should embrace India as a partner in upholding the rules-based, liberal international order.

At the launch of the Access India …

Posted in India, Opinion Editorial
November 16, 2017

For years Britain was soft on Russia and its money – finally we are standing up to Moscow

There are some politicians in Europe who still believe that the West should engage with Russia. They argue that Russia’s interests can be accommodated; that the greater danger is of over-reacting to Russia’s behaviour, not appeasing it; and that the …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Russia
November 9, 2017

A reborn quadrilateral to deter China

Recent news that Australia’s Foreign Minister has indicated interest in taking part in a resurrected US-Australia-Japan-India quadrilateral dialogue on the sidelines of the upcoming ASEAN Summit is to be welcomed. It is an indication how much the strategic situation in the …

Posted in China, Opinion Editorial
November 8, 2017

China’s dominance is growing for now – but in the long run, it’s a paper tiger

Donald Trump’s trade policy is making America’s allies vulnerable to Chinese pressure, but this doesn’t signal the end of American dominance
As Donald Trump continues his long tour around Asia, the question is whether the President will be able to articulate …

Posted in China, Opinion Editorial
November 3, 2017

How does Central Asia contribute to ISIS recruitment?

The New York truck attack that took place this week and left eight dead is another grim reminder of the danger Islamist terrorism poses for the Western countries. The 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, a ‘green card’ holder from Uzbekistan, has been …

Posted in CRT Editorial, ISIS, Opinion Editorial, Terrorism & Security
October 30, 2017

Don’t Give up on Moldova

By Dr. Andrew Foxall
Moldova—Europe’s poorest country—has struggled with the challenges of post-Soviet transition. This transition has become vastly more difficult as a result of the breakdown of Europe’s post-Cold War security order in 2014. It is now caught up in …

Posted in Europe, Opinion Editorial
October 26, 2017

No, Boris, the West didn’t lose Russia

By Andrew Foxall
The outlines of a new Russia policy have taken shape in the UK over recent years. The aim is to protect ourselves and our allies. The days when we thought we could influence developments inside Russia are long …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, RSC Spotlight, Russia
October 25, 2017

The Coalition Has Defeated the Caliphate and Ensured ISIS’s Survival

The Islamic State (IS) captured Raqqa city, its first provincial capital, in January 2014. Six months later, IS declared its caliphate and Raqqa became its de facto capital. Last Tuesday, the partner force of the US-led anti-IS Coalition, the “Syrian …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, The Orton Report
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