Nia Griffith discusses Labour’s defence policies at RUSI

Originally published at the UK Defence Journal. Link here.  Nia Griffith, the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, spoke today at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in Whitehall. In a 26 minute speech, she outlined the changes Labour would make to how defence is operated, as well as a more general look at the UK’s place in the world. Threats She began by outlining … Continue reading Nia Griffith discusses Labour’s defence policies at RUSI

Why the world needs an engaged United Kingdom

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT BACKBENCH UK Toby Fountain’s article Britain’s military identity crisis: Questioning our place in a new balance of power is centred on the idea that Britain is in ‘a schism between an old Britain we cling on to that no longer exists and the new Britain in a new world that we are reluctant to acknowledge’. His argument stems from this point, but it’s … Continue reading Why the world needs an engaged United Kingdom

Why one must be wary of the media frenzy in an international relations ‘crisis’

The past 48 hours have been an old school international relations chess match. North Korea and the US have been at each others’ throats. Two days ago, we were faced with a missile test into the sea nearby to Guam, the American response to which would likely have been of military force. There was even the possibility of a direct strike on Guam, which would … Continue reading Why one must be wary of the media frenzy in an international relations ‘crisis’