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Responding to Russia NEW
Global Dashboard 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Latest of our #progressivedilemmas is on what we might expect from a future Labour Russia policy. Britain’s political class did not distinguish itself in its immediate response to the Crimean crisis. A zoom lens outside Downing S...
The gun-nuts ready to fight Obama’s Commie agenda need Commie ammunition NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
So, it turns out that all those hard-right National Rifle Association libertarians preparing for guerrilla warfare against Obama’s socialist seizure of America need to get their ammo from… Vladimir Putin. American gun owners are gobbling...
Going postal NEW
Global Dashboard 6 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Dear reader, there is nothing make fun of here.  Nothing. 9 October World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. … Conti...
Last of the White Russians NEW
Global Dashboard 8 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Occasionally an item of news reminds us of how transient most great political dramas are, and how quickly major crises come and go.  This is rather healthy: it puts us on notice that most of the issues we care about … Continue reading &ra...
No apologies: the President of the UN General Assembly rocks with Bon Jovi NEW
Global Dashboard 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Vuk Jeremic, a former foreign minister of Serbia, is coming to the end of a year in the very important job of President of the UN General Assembly.  His tenure has been anything but dull.  He organized a concert which featured a Serbian cho...
The case for (continuing) counter-narcotics work in Afghanistan NEW
Global Dashboard 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Minutes ago
There’s a bit of a debate currently about whether the Coalition in Afghanistan should continue to invest in counter-narcotics work in the country. The problem – as articulated by people on the ground is that much of the work has failed. O...
Miliband’s Three Big Europe Dilemmas NEW
Global Dashboard 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
  Latest in our #progressivedilemmas series is now online – this time on the left and the European Union. You can see the introductory piece here.  ...
Taksim, Tayyip and Turkey – a balance sheet NEW
Global Dashboard 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 4 Minutes ago
  During my annual visits to Turkey over the past fifteen years, I have taken a great interest in the country’s development. My wife was born in the southern town of Iskenderun, and most of her relatives still live either there or in Izmir...
Game changer time: China’s working age population is now in decline NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 13 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Last year saw a big tipping point in China that went relatively unnoticed: its working age population shrank, kicking off a trend that will carry on over the next 20 years. The head of China’s national statistics bureau, quoted in the FT, caref...
Europe and Obama: no miracles ahead NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 5 Months, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
ECFR has just published a brief multi-authored paper looking at what President Obama’s re-election means for Europe (I was one of the contributors).  The paper highlights that there are still many areas – from the Middle East to clim...
How much humiliation can Spain cope with? NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 6 Months, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
The FT’s Gillian Tett reports today on a conference presentation given by historical sociologist Dennis Smith, who’s been working on the question of how humiliation operates at the cultural / collective psychological level – and wha...
Let’s be Norway (part 3) NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Continuing an occasional series about why the UK could take a leaf out of Norway’s foreign policy book on, well, pretty much every front (previous instalments here and here), here’s the BBC’s Richard Galpin on how Norway is dealin...
Cows versus squirrels: a mammalian metaphor gone mad NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 9 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
  What on earth is all this about? When the winter comes in the squirrel has already stored 3000 nuts in different tree holes that provide the food storage to overcome the harshest season of the year. The nuts have been collected in past months...
The end of impunity for bankers? How Spain’s indignados are using crowdfunding to bring them to justice NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Following the collapse of the bank he was running until earlier this year, Rodrigo Rato probably thought he would be able to slip into a quiet, if tarnished retirement. A former managing director of the IMF and minister of the economy during Spain...
Will the Eurozone crisis finally get EU leaders to address its democratic deficit? NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
The FT has this as lead story this morning: The European Union would gain far-reaching powers to rewrite national budgets for eurozone countries that breach debt and deficit rules under proposals likely to be discussed at a summit this week, accordin...
The EU says it is “doing nothing” in Kosovo NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 10 Months, 1 Week, 4 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
The EU rule of law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) is adopting an unusual PR strategy: “EULEX is doing nothing in the fight against high level corruption” is the slogan of a new campaign that has just been launched on TV stations in Kosovo. The campaig...
Syria: send in the Red, sorry I mean Blue, Army! NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Here is a curious story from the Voltaire Network, a new website that seems to mainly deal in anti-Western anmd pro-Muscovite arguments: The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir V. Putin, plans to deploy a peacekeeping force to Syria to prev...
Goldman Sachs’s three scenarios for Greece NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
From a GS research note published this morning: Scenario #1: Muddling through In the most likely scenario, the new Greek government emerging from the June 17 election neither chooses to exit the euro nor agrees unconditionally to implement the existi...
Nick Clegg and the deformed parsnips NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Nick Clegg spoke at the British embassy in Berlin today. The audience was impressed by his fluent German. But why on earth did the Foreign Office decorate the embassy with what  appear (to be very generous) to be two gigantic deformed parsnips?
Is the Eurozone crisis a threat to democracy? NEW
Global Dashboard 1 Year, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Here’s a piece I’ve done for Yale Global magazine on democracy under strain in Europe. Politicians in power since the 2008 financial collapse, regardless of their political stripes, find themselves in peril. Analysis of the recent French...