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    Diasporas as a force in foreign affairs: the case of Tamils in Britain and Canada

Diasporas as a force in foreign affairs: the case of Tamils in Britain and Canada

A number of factors impact whether or not diasporas influence host country foreign policy, writes Matthew Godwin. He looks at two major decisions facing Canada and the UK toward Sri Lanka, and explains how pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events.

Countries in the West have long welcomed immigrants from all over the […]

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    Rebuilding a thriving London: How the Blitz enhanced the capital’s economy

Rebuilding a thriving London: How the Blitz enhanced the capital’s economy

The devastating attacks of the Luftwaffe during 1940 and 1941 have helped to partially relax the restrictive land-use planning regime put in place after the war, which has led to an extremely positive and lasting effect on the capital’s present day economy, explain Gerard Dericks and Hans Koster.

The Blitz lasted from Sept 1940 to May 1941, during which the […]

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    How should the UK respond to the attacks in Syria? For a weakened PM, there are no easy options

How should the UK respond to the attacks in Syria? For a weakened PM, there are no easy options

Following the suspected chemical attacks in Syria, the question of whether Britain should join any missile strike action in the region alongside the US and France has been raised. Daniel Kenealy considers whether parliament would support such action if asked, and how Theresa May could avoid domestic political fallout if the matter is not put to a vote after […]

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    How a prime minister’s leadership style affects their parliament’s role in security decisions

How a prime minister’s leadership style affects their parliament’s role in security decisions

Parliaments sometimes get to influence security policy, but not always. Juliet Kaarbo draws on Leadership Trait Analysis to argue that prime ministerial leadership style is a critical factor in determining the role of parliaments in foreign affairs. She demonstrates the plausibility of this argument by comparing how Turkish and UK prime ministers’ orientations towards parliament influenced key security policies.

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    Fighting Proud: the untold story of the gay men who served in two world wars

Fighting Proud: the untold story of the gay men who served in two world wars

Stephen Bourne draws on his latest book to tell the previously untold story of gay men who joined the British armed forces during the two world wars.

“If gay men are shown to have the capacity for bravery it makes them human, heroes even. And heroes should have freedom and independence. Britain did not want that.”

I am a community historian […]

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    “Safe return review” refugee policy: counter-productive and morally indefensible

“Safe return review” refugee policy: counter-productive and morally indefensible

Exploring the government’s new refugee policy, Marcia Vera Espinoza, Clara Sandelind, and Brid Ni Ghráinne argue that the process could prove to be damaging in multiple ways, all while not benefitting anyone. They conclude that it will be difficult to enforce, it will erode social cohesion, and will render the processes of integration meaningless.

Opposition has quickly risen against the government’s […]

Prominent coverage given to repatriations does not seem to undermine the public’s willingness to stay the course in military campaigns

James Strong investigates whether the greater prominence given to individual military casualties in recent years made the British public more sceptical about military action in general. He finds that prominent coverage of military casualties causes the public to pay greater attention to military campaigns, but does not necessarily shape public attitudes towards those campaigns. An MoD study from 2012, obtained by The […]

Book Review: Women and Wars

In traditional historical and scholarly accounts of the making and fighting of wars, women are often nowhere to be seen. With few exceptions, war stories are told as if men were the only ones who plan, fight, are injured by, and negotiate ends to wars. As the pages of this book aim to tell, though, those accounts are far from […]