Avery Hancock

Book Review: The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars by John Tirman

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.

The people in Sudan have spoken: now the UK should back the new nation with both trade and aid

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 […]

Cameron promotes ‘muscular liberalism’, the big society teeters on the brink and Project Merlin conjures up a trick for the banks: political blog round up for 5 – 11 February 2011

Amy Mollett, Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging Saturday 5th February and Sunday 6th February On the day that the EDL marched through Luton, David Cameron gave a speech on the failing of multiculturalism in Britain. The Staggers argues that the EDL’s demonstration has undermined efforts by many British Muslims to tackle […]

The threats to public libraries look overwhelming. Yet both defensive mobilizations to resist cutbacks and pressures for innovations offer hope for radical improvements

The local public library service across the UK has lost ground in recent times with rapidly declining book borrowing, a stale services culture, an ostrich-like ignoring of e-books, and high levels of fines putting off many users. However, Avery Hancock shows how the imminent and extensive threats to cut library services back to the bone has re-mobilized support for these […]

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.

Book Review: Crude Oil: The Violent Twilight of Oil

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.