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Boris beware – Brexit voters will not be taken for granted

By Jayne Adye – 4 minute read WITH THE United Kingdom officially leaving the European Union at 11.00pm on December 31st 2020, there has been a widespread trend within Westminster of trying to claim Brexit is ‘Done’. This is hardly surprising when the Prime Minister was elected on a promise to do just that. However, as has [...]

Brexit-Watch, Trade & Economy|

Placing Afghanistan in perspective

By Alan Sked – 8 minute read SUPPOSING that the Taliban had never invited Osama bin Laden into Afghanistan or that he had never plotted the destruction of the Twin Towers, these brutal, medieval Muslims could have kept on happily oppressing their fellow countrymen without Western liberal interventionists like Blair or even American neo-Cons devoting them [...]

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Inside China’s Silk Road glove is an iron fist

By Ewen Stewart – 5 minute read WAS PRESIDENT CLINTON right? He thought by enabling China to join the World Trade Organisation in 1999 they would cease their authoritarian ways and become more like us. By us he seemed to imply his version of ‘liberal democracy.’ 20-odd years later that confident prediction looks rather mistaken. At one level Clinton might [...]

Abandoning Afghanistan could and should have been avoided

By Brian Monteith – 7 minute read THE WEST’S abrupt and calamitous withdrawal from Afghanistan is, for British consumption at least, being compared to its rude awakening to its impotence that its Suez adventure provided in 1956. Actually, it is far worse than that. As anyone below seventy is unlikely to remember Suez, a comparison [...]

As We See It, Defence & Security|

Why we failed in Afghanistan

By Peter Young – 4 minute read THE DECISION by the Biden Administration to abandon Afghanistan is obviously foolish.  The reputation of the West as trustworthy and competent will be undermined. International terrorists focused on Jihad towards North America and Europe will once again use it as a base.  Afghan citizens will experience untold misery as the [...]

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