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Britain needs William Hague

August 20, 2012

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William Hague will not be a great Foreign Secretary, but the guy who creates the circumstances for someone else to be a great Foreign Secretary. If Britain is to have a truly strategic foreign policy in the early 21st Century, it is crucial that he stays in his job, not randomly replaced by someone far […]

Ellis of Benghazi!

August 16, 2011

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This letter, which has been classified for fifty years, sheds a fascinating light on British foreign policy in the early 21st Century and the career of Lord Litherland (more popularly known as “Ellis of Benghazi”…) 16th August, 2011 To the Rt. Hon. William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs My dear, […]

Afghanistan: A timeline

August 12, 2011

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I was surprised to discover recently that there is no comprehensive, publicly available timeline of the war in Afghanistan. This was also annoying, as it meant I had to construct my own. Here is what I have so far, but will continue to build it and hope others will contribute too. My aim is cover […]

A few thoughts on the Iranian arms seizure

March 9, 2011

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It was reported earlier that NATO had seized Iranian rockets on their way to the Taliban. William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, released a statement condemning this as ‘unacceptable’. Before the usual suspects claim to be shocked – shocked! – at this revelation, and use it as a cause for war, I think we should […]

Making sense of the 2015 withdrawal

March 6, 2011

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The Foreign Affairs Committee published a report this week on Afghanistan and Pakistan, looking at how the United Kingdom has handled the conflict – especially the Coalition government. I have been following the inquiry since it began last summer and was excited to finally get my hands on its conclusions. From what I’ve read, regional […]

Al-Qa’ida, the Taliban and military Orientalism

December 1, 2010

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A new briefing paper analysing the relationship between al-Qu’aida and the Taliban was released today by the think tank Quillam. It was a welcome addition to my workload. My regular readers will know I’m working on a paper about Afghanistan and the UK Conservative Party, and understanding that relationship is important in dealing with their […]

Hague goes to Washington!

November 17, 2010

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William Hague gave the last speech in his series on the coalition government’s foreign policy tonight, speaking to students at Georgetown University. To be honest, I tuned out for much of it simply because there wasn’t anything new (I’ve spent the last two months going over and over his and other Conservatives’ statements on foreign […]

Some initial thoughts on the NSS and SDSR

October 19, 2010

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I don’t want to write too much about the National Security Strategy and the defence review, as I’m working on a much longer post fitting both papers into Conservative foreign policy thinking over the last five years. But there are some brief points I want to make now. The National Security Strategy will not be […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Hague of the FCO…Goes to Asia!’

July 17, 2010

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William Hague gave the second of his four speeches the other day outlining the Coalition’s foreign policy, which was barely reported by any one. That it wasn’t a subject of interest for the media is surprising, given it’s theme was foreign policy supporting the economy. Incidentally, this is a fine piece exploring the Foreign Secretary’s […]

Should Britain withdraw from Afghanistan?

July 12, 2010

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As regular readers should know that kind of question leads to a smack across the face of whoever asked it. Withdrawalists are a particular nuisance of mine, from mindless anti-war protesters to supposedly respectable critics like Rory Stewart and Adam Holloway. One would think, then, that David Cameron’s comments recently about British combat troops being […]

Hague at the FCO: A new paradigm in British foreign policy?

July 7, 2010

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The speech that William Hague gave last Thursday began laying the foundations for ‘clear, focused and effective’ foreign policy, according to him. A friend of mine scoffed at my suggestion recently that foreign policy and national security would be the coalition’s main priority after the economy, him suggesting I should tell Conservative MPs that. There […]