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From the Archives: The New Year’s War in Gaza

November 16, 2012

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With it kicking off in Gaza again, I thought I’d post an unpublished article I wrote in late 2009 about what I called the New Year’s War in Gaza. Some of the observations are understandably dated, but I think the piece is still relevant. At eleven o’clock Saturday morning, on December 27th 2008, the New […]

Why Britain is not isolated in Europe

December 13, 2011

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Since the European Summit on Friday, when David Cameron blocked an EU-wide treaty, many in the media have talked a lot of balls about the United Kingdom and “isolation”. Those who have criticised the Prime Minister, (who, funnily enough, have mostly been Europhiles), have bemoaned our lack of “influence” in Europe. If one follows the […]

Israel and its inability to think strategically (still)

May 23, 2011

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Last summer, when perennial concern about Iran’s nuclear programme grew hysterical, Ron Tira, a noted Israeli strategic thinker, wrote that the importance of an attack on the country was not the operation itself but manipulating international reaction. ‘It is necessary to examine Israel’s response to different events, for example, the Turkish flotilla to the Gaza […]

Steven Metz: Islamophobia and the crumbling of American strategy

February 7, 2011

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Although I don’t agree with the conclusions, this guest post by Dr. Steven Metz is an excellent critique of American grand strategy since September 11th and the corrosive effects which Islamophobia has had. He is the author of more than a hundred publications on future war, the emerging security environment, military strategy, defense policy, international […]

No closer friend, no greater ally

January 13, 2011

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American readers, and French ones, and anyone who lives outside the United Kingdom might have missed that the Special Relationship ended this week. President Obama ended it with a shocking ‘kick in the teeth’, when he said the United States doesn’t ‘have a stronger friend and a stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy and the French […]

Anticlimax?

August 20, 2010

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Although I will persist in my series on Iran, I think the announcement today of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has made academic any discussion of military strikes. Netanyahu will not order an attack in the next week, at least; and there will not be one for a year at most, if […]

Arguing Iran: The Extremes

August 19, 2010

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I have wanted to write about Iran since I started the blog months ago, and now would seem appropriate with Jeffrey Goldberg reopening the debate on whether the United States should attack the country to stop its nuclear programme. He has examined in depth the anxiety felt by Israel about the prospect of Iran acquiring […]

To be bold…

August 1, 2010

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Melanie Phillips is not the only conservative pundit to criticise David Cameron for his recent bluntness about foreign affairs; he has also been censured by thoughtful Tories like Charles Moore and Dominic Lawson. The problem that both men had with the Prime Minister’s remarks is that he was telling his audiences what they wanted to […]

A quiet mopping-up operation

August 1, 2010

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I like to use Sundays to sort out loose ends and tidy up little messes from the week previous so I can start the coming week afresh. With regard to the blog, there are a couple issues that need mopping up: Bernard Finel and me hating Jews. Finel wrote a curious post on Monday, arguing […]

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 […]

The best dialogue on international relations since Thucydides?

July 25, 2010

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(In three parts)

Primat der Innenpolitik

June 14, 2010

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I had wanted to move this blog quietly away from Israel for a bit to broaden its horizon, but I’m drawn back by this poll on the flotilla incident. To me, it illustrates a few things. Those Israelis polled have seemingly divorced the use of force from strategy, which is highlighted by three of the […]

Some more thoughts on Israel

June 2, 2010

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The Foreign Secretary William Hague said today that Israel is facing ‘stronger international demand’ to end the blockade on Gaza. It was important for them to lift the restrictions, which ‘are not contributing to Israel’s security, that are quite probably damaging to her long-term security.’ What is the point of the blockade? The policy was […]