John Tirman has written a sweeping and critical account of how the US military has treated civilians in its foreign wars and how the American public has countenanced brutality in its name. A far-reaching, ambitious, and provocative book, as reviewed by Avery Hancock. The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Civil Wars. John Tirman. Oxford University Press. July 2011. […]
After previously making good progress, the Department for International Development now faces an uphill battle reaching our foreign aid target
At the close of 2011, British Politics and Policy at LSE asked our contributors for their thoughts and predictions for 2012. Avery Hancock looks ahead at the challenges now facing the Department for International Development, and its Secretary of State, Andrew Mitchell, to get our 0.7% of GDP target for foreign aid spending into legislation during this parliament. The coalition government’s […]
Questionable proposals for legal aid reform in the UK mean that government’s promises of justice for all ring hollow.
The controversial Legal Aid, Punishment and Sentencing of Offenders Bill has had a baptism of fire since it was leaked earlier this summer and recent moves by the UN and Amnesty International will do nothing to quell the flames. Avery Hancock writes that this bill will serve only to create an uphill battle for human rights.
With Sudan due to split into two nations this July, both will need support from the international community to assist in their transitions. In light of the coalition’s recent freeze in the UK’s aid budget, some have suggested increased trade links with the country, but Avery Hancock finds that increasing trade may not provide the solution envisioned by some; aid […]
Politicians joust over bank bonuses as the Tory right get vocal and Ed Miliband wins his first seat as Labour leader – political blog round up for 8 – 14 January 2011
Amy Mollett, Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging.
The latest book by Peter Maass focuses on the ever-growing dark side of the global oil trade, but Avery Hancock struggles to take away any new lessons for improvement.