The UK Decision on Syria: The View From Russia

DR TRACEY GERMAN The news that the British parliament had sanctioned airstrikes against IS in Syria, and that the first missions had taken place, has been widely reported in Russia. The move is likely to be seen as vindication for Russia’s ongoing operation there: with the French launching airstrikes against Syria at the end of… Read More The UK Decision on Syria: The View From Russia

The UK Decision on Syria: The (F)utility of History

DR CHRIS TRIPODI It’s genuinely interesting, as an historian, to contemplate the current furore over whether Britain should physically commit itself to taking action against Islamic State forces in Syria. Not because we have greater insight or intellectual authority with respect to the debate at hand, or that we are uniquely qualified to predict what… Read More The UK Decision on Syria: The (F)utility of History

The UK Decision on Syria: The Labour Party and Air-Strikes against Islamic State

DR GERAINT HUGHES Harold Wilson once noted that a week was a long time in politics, and the current Leader of the Opposition may well agree with him. On Sunday 29th November Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC not only that he opposed proposals for Britain to participate in coalition air-strikes against Islamic State (IS) in… Read More The UK Decision on Syria: The Labour Party and Air-Strikes against Islamic State

The UK Decision on Syria: Will air-strikes solve the problem?

By DR AMIR M KAMEL On Wednesday 2 December, the British Parliament voted 397 to 223 in favour of extending the air bombing campaign, targeting DAISH (aka Islamic State, IS, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL) from Iraq to include Syrian territory, following a one-day… Read More The UK Decision on Syria: Will air-strikes solve the problem?

The Indispensable Character of Foreign Policy Theory

DR DAVID HOUGHTON International Relations (IR) theory is certainly very useful for some things, and in a previous post I pointed out just how important it is. But by now you may have noticed some of its limitations as well. Because most of the ‘big’ theories operate at the systemic or structural level, they don’t… Read More The Indispensable Character of Foreign Policy Theory