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’

2016: Was it all that bad?

In the past 24 hours, I’ve noticed something. 2016 seems to have got a bad press. People have turned ‘2016’ into memes. All the awful things that have happened this year. There’s one featuring Leonardo DiCaprio that I have featured here. But here’s the thing. I don’t like cynicism, or negativity. I see these jokes about how awful 2016 has been, and think “it can’t … Continue reading 2016: Was it all that bad?