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Sykes-Picot is not to blame for Syria

August 16, 2012


For many in the Arab world, the Sykes-Picot Agreement is what the Yalta conference was for many conservatives in the United States during the Cold War. It is a betrayal of a people seeking freedom, a damning indictment of Great Power politics, and the source of all the problems in the Middle East. As with […]

Ellis and Rauscher on Europe

October 17, 2010


I shouldn’t argue with Xavier Rauscher as I’m expecting him to write something for the blog, but we all have to do what we feel is right in our hearts. Today, we have been arguing about Europe. Like most of the world, I tend to treat the European Union with contemptuous indifference; like any Frenchman, […]

Edward III and late mediaeval strategy

July 20, 2010


Although I have been trained as a historian, I’ve not given much attention to strategy (or the lack of it) in previous times. One of my courses at university was the Hundred Years War, and I was particularly interested in the debate about whether there was a grand strategy behind the campaigns of Edward III […]