Browsing All Posts published on »July, 2010«

“Britney Spears doesn’t do strategy”

July 29, 2010

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A shorter talk by Professor Christopher Coker is here covering some of the same themes.

A reply to Melanie Phillips in defence of David Cameron and Conservative foreign policy

July 29, 2010

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Melanie Phillips has written a blistering attack on the Prime Minister and his foreign policy, accusing him of everything from cowardice to incompetence but stopping short of sodomy. As crazy goes, the diatribe is pretty crazy. David Cameron is ‘dangerous’ to the national interest, as shown by his speech in Turkey on Tuesday. He praises […]

Strategy, secrecy…er, what Bernard?

July 26, 2010

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I’ve not taken much interest in the Wikileaks furore, mostly because I quickly came to the consensus view last night: it told us nothing we didn’t already know, but told the enemy so much Julian Assange should be renditioned and taken to Diego Garcia. The strangest comment to come out of it so far, at […]

Looking for the ‘grand strategy’ in an Anglo-Indian partnership

July 26, 2010

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The Prime Minister is going to India this week, heading a large team that includes Cabinet ministers and leading companies. ‘[It] is likely to be the most heavyweight British delegation to the country since the Raj came to an end’, according to one report. George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, made a similar point […]

The best dialogue on international relations since Thucydides?

July 25, 2010

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(In three parts)

Sean Trend: Tourism and strategy in the Cold War

July 24, 2010

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A guest post by Sean Trend looking at the co-opting of tourism for strategic purposes during the Cold War by the West.

Two takes on Iran

July 23, 2010

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To begin filling the unforgiveable gap on Iran, I recommend to readers these two discussions on the threat posed by it having a nuclear capability. I hadn’t heard of Tom Schelling before watching the video, so it was a wonderful introduction. Although he considers an Iranian nuclear capability an unfortunate but containable threat, he raises […]