Category Archives: UK

Brookings: David Cameron’s European Spa

Brookings: David Cameron’s European Spaghetti Bowl – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s “Europe” speech, delivered on January 23, was powerful, polished, contained a bold vision, and offered good arguments. In particular, he got three things right. But translating those arguments into institutional reality will be a nearly impossible challenge. First, Cameron is correct to emphasize the urgent need for a renewal of popular support for the European Un… http://ow.ly/2uFRWZ

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RUSI: Euronaval: Reinforcing the Strategic Importance of the Sea

RUSI: Euronaval: Reinforcing the Strategic Importance of the Sea http://ow.ly/2uxXw3

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Britain Risks a Lost Decade Unless it Changes Course

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Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University,Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by E.T. Studhalter 

Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Belfer Center, September 19, 2012

(Op-Ed, Financial Times)

It is the mark of science and perhaps rational thought to operate with a falsifiable understanding of how the world works. So it is fair to ask economists a fundamental question: what could happen that would cause you to revise your views of how the economy operates and acknowledge that the model you had been using was flawed? As a vigorous advocate of fiscal expansion as an appropriate response to a major economic slump in an economy with zero or near-zero interest rates, I have for the past several years suggested that if the British economy – with its major attempts at fiscal consolidation – were to enjoy a rapid recovery, it would force me to substantially revise my views about fiscal policy and the macroeconomy… (more) http://ow.ly/2sgNO5

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The Medium Myth

 

By William F Owen, Royal United Services Institute, September 18, 2012

 

Medium-weight forces are those that are deemed to be airportable, and therefore faster to deploy than heavy forces
and yet more capable than light forces. This characterisation is highly simplistic, relative and fails under rigour… (more) http://ow.ly/1mvIPu

 

 

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Better off without Britain? The UK and European Foreign Policy

ECFR: Better off without Britain? The UK and European foreign policy http://ow.ly/1moodQ

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DuckofMinerva: Where are the Women? Julian Assange Meets Todd Akin

By Laura Sjoberg, Duck of Minerva, August 25, 2012

…Right next to articles about Akin, though, are articles about Julian Assange. Assange is attempting to escape extradition from the UK to Sweden on charges of rape, molestation, and abuse by seeking political asylum in Ecuador (or, currently, the Ecuador embassy in the UK). Where are the women there? …(more) http://ow.ly/1m8mT3

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GPF Europe: Kazakh president, UK PM discuss bilateral relations

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The president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GPF Europe: from Trend, E. Kosolapova, July 28, 2012
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed state and prospects of bilateral relations in London, Kazakh Presidential press-service reported. (more) http://ow.ly/1lHyKn

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ACUS: British pilots flew US drones in NATO mission over Libya

ACUS: From Alex Spillius, the Telegraph:  In a parliamentary answer, Lord Astor of Hever, under secretary of state at the Ministry of Defence, said drones belonging to the United States were operated by British pilots during the Nato operation in 2011. (more) http://ow.ly/1lGmwd

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ACUS: Young people share insights from NATO’s Chicago Summit

ACUS: From NATO:  Three young people from Armenia, Russia and the United Kingdom were among 20 competition winners to win a trip to NATO’s Chicago Summit in May. Upon returning home, they took time to reflect on their experiences.

Called ‘iReps’ the winners, from as far and wide as Libya and Indonesia, spent three days talking to NATO and national officials in the margins of the Chicago Summit. They also debated the challenges facing international peace and security with their peers. http://ow.ly/1lGiLY

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Carnegie Inst: Why are Britain’s Conservatives Afraid of an EU Human Rights Envoy?

by: Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Institute, July 23, 2012 

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European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton unveiled last month her long awaited strategy on human rights, along with her decision to appoint a human rights envoy, it signaled something new for the 27-member bloc.

Human rights were now to play a much greater role in the EU’s trade, economic, social, and political policies. It would be, as Ashton said, the silver thread running through the EU’s external strategy.

But no sooner had Ashton published her strategy that British lawmakers who belong to the European Scrutiny Committee, which as its name suggests, delves into the details of all things EU, called for a debate in the House of Commons… (more) http://ow.ly/1lztjQ

 

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