The First World War was a war of choice

A century ago, Britain entered into a war against Germany and its allies in what would become known as the Great War, with millions of young men from all sides killed. At the time discussion on whether to enter the war centred around ‘honour’, and its invocation worked: The erstwhile opponents of intervention – radicals and advanced liberals, labour politicians and trade unionists, feminists and […]

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    EU recognition of Palestinian statehood can only offer a partial solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict

EU recognition of Palestinian statehood can only offer a partial solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict

In October, Sweden opted to formally recognise Palestine as an independent state. The UK, Ireland and Spain have also held symbolic parliamentary votes in favour of recognising Palestinian statehood, while the French Parliament and the European Parliament are also due to vote on the issue. Richard Youngs writes that while recognition could play a modest role in unblocking peace […]

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    Britain’s population policies are fuelling atrocities like India’s sterilisation camp deaths

Britain’s population policies are fuelling atrocities like India’s sterilisation camp deaths

Kalpana Wilson traces how family planning strategies supported and funded by DfID and others are supporting forced sterilisations in the global South. She argues this is a reflection of current approaches to population based on shifting responsibility for poverty away from capital and onto the poor themselves.

The horrifying deaths of at least 14 women after undergoing surgery at sterilisation camps in Chhattisgarh, […]

UK-India relations: The courtier and the courted

Chris Ogden explores the relationship between the UK and India and argues that, going forward, both nations must focus on current shared interests rather than harking back to negative legacies of coloniser and colonised. He also highlights that as India becomes increasingly powerful on the world stage, the UK must position itself carefully to ensure future recognition and favour.

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    Airstrikes on Isis targets in Syria and Iraq are legal under international law

Airstrikes on Isis targets in Syria and Iraq are legal under international law

Last week, the UK parliament voted to once again intervene militarily in Iraq in order to attack the terrorist group Isis. This follows more than a week of US and Arab world airstrikes on Isis targets in Syria. While the Iraqi government requested assistance from British and other foreign powers, the Syrian regime has not asked for intervention. Many commentators have questioned […]

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    The significance of parliament’s vote to intervene militarily in Iraq

The significance of parliament’s vote to intervene militarily in Iraq

The UK parliament has authorised military action against ISIL militants in Iraq (but not Syria) in a vote that cut across party lines. James Strong examines the significance of the vote, writing that in military terms, the vote was mostly insignificant as Britain will contribute just six Tornado jets to fighting in Iraq. It was far more significant from a […]

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    Scottish independence would have a negative impact on security

Scottish independence would have a negative impact on security

All in all, Scottish independence would have negative consequences for UK standing and capabilities, for NATO nuclear deterrence and for the global and European balance of power, writes John Hemmings.

For most of the past few weeks, debates about Scottish independence have focused on the financial impact of separation, dominated in turn by the currency debate. Indeed, what independence will mean […]

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    Five questions that need to be answered before the UK intervenes in Iraq

Five questions that need to be answered before the UK intervenes in Iraq

Before supporting strikes against the Islamic State, David Cameron needs to answer some important questions, writes James Strong. He argues that Islamic State is indisputable our enemy and that if we can identify our friends, build a political settlement worth supporting and identify the limits of what we are willing to do, we should be prepared once again to send our troops abroad.

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