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    Attitudes towards Iraq and Afghanistan: British public opinion after a decade of war has implications for the viability of future missions

Attitudes towards Iraq and Afghanistan: British public opinion after a decade of war has implications for the viability of future missions

More than ten years later, it is clear that the British public have doubts about the objectives and success of the lengthy and often controversial Iraq and Afghanistan missions. Evident confusion, cynicism and doubts over the truthfulness of government sources regarding the purposes of past military action may have potential implications for the viability of UK involvement in future missions […]

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    National security planning should be an important part of any party’s preparations for government

National security planning should be an important part of any party’s preparations for government

Once prime ministers are elected they quickly find that international affairs take up much more of their time than they might have expected. A would-be prime minister’s plans for how to configure or reform the national security capacity is therefore hugely important. In this article, Joe Devanny and Josh Harris explore how the coalition government executed its plans to create a UK National Security […]

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.

The last decade […]

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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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