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    Why Boris Johnson must support continued criminal investigations into the use of chemical weapons in Syria

Why Boris Johnson must support continued criminal investigations into the use of chemical weapons in Syria

The recent video showing a young Syrian boy rescued from rubble after airstrikes in Aleppo has again highlighted the scale of violence in the Syrian civil war. Here, Brett Edwards and Mattia Cacciatori outline the current state of affairs regarding chemical weapons attacks in the country, and the best way that UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson can support the […]

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    Return to the Commonwealth? UK-Africa trade after Brexit will not be straightforward

Return to the Commonwealth? UK-Africa trade after Brexit will not be straightforward

Calls for a post-Brexit return to the Commonwealth ignore the existing privileged EU-Africa trade relationship as well as the UK’s now diminished trade influence, argues Peg Murray-Evans.  

In a speech to the Institute of Chartered Engineers in February, David Davis MP – now Secretary of State for Exiting the EU – told the audience: ‘The only Commonwealth country to enjoy […]

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    Instead of cosying up to China, Britain should start investing for influence

Instead of cosying up to China, Britain should start investing for influence

Are commercial interests the beginning and end of diplomacy today? Nicholas Kitchen writes that in a networked world, Britain should move away from forming its foreign policy based on short-term economic motives and start engaging with the world in a way that celebrates the UK’s myriad connections.

The feting of Xi Xinping by the Cameron government during the recent state […]

Interpreting foreign policy through discourse analysis

The study of foreign policy has always contained a healthy focus on how cognition and psychology impact on the beliefs of foreign policy actors. Here, Oliver Daddow explains how published data by and about those actors can be used to interpret the beliefs that underpin decisions taken on behalf of the state by leaders and elites.

Foreign policy is difficult […]