Old men of Portugal by Curtis Foreman (Flikr Commons)
Blog / International Development

What to do about the “old bulge”

Old men of Portugal by Curtis Foreman (Flikr Commons)

This article will outline what the “old bulge” means and suggests some ways in which the challenges it presents can be dealt with by giving old people independence and allowing them to contribute to society.

The “old bulge”

Due to falling fertility rates and higher survival of …

David Cameron and Angela Merkel have begun negotiations.
Blog / Europe

Where will it end: United States of Europe or United Europe of States?

World Economic Forum – Sebastian Derungs via Flickr

A far-left Greek Government is drastically pressing the European Union (EU) for economic reform, the United Kingdom is set to hold a referendum on whether its entire future should be in the EU or out of the EU and Ukraine’s membership of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) …

Blog / Europe

Legal History and Surveillance in a Modernising World

Magna Carta, King John of England and Barons uploaded by Pia Carrot via Wikimedia Commons 


2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in Runnymede by King John of England. Although most of it has been repealed or amended, it introduced the Rule of Law, and this was the first major curtailment …

A Trident missile fired by HMS Vanguard in 2005.
Blog / International Security

The Renewal of Trident and the 2015 SDSR

A Trident missile fired by HMS Vanguard in 2005. Photo source: Lt Stuart Antrobus RN/MOD via Wikimedia Commons.

In the run up to the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) no single issue will be more controversial than the future of Britain’s nuclear weapons. The system, widely referred to as Trident, will require a …

Britain should leave the EU and form a Commonwealth Union. Image courtesy of Times of Malta
Blog / Europe

Commonwealth Union: An Alternative with Meaning

Britain should leave the EU and form a Commonwealth Union. Photo Source: Times of Malta.

Since the 1950s, but more so recently as the European Union has begun to federalise, a strengthening movement has arisen that proposes a Union of some kind comprised of Commonwealth of Nation countries as an alternative to the EU which …

Africa / Blog

Britain and the Mau Mau: The Long Arm of History

The Foreign Office has been fighting a four-year compensation battle with Mau Mau veterans. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Decades after Britain gave up its last colony in Africa, its time as an imperial power continues to shape relations with its former territories and their people. Of these, none more so than Kenya and the 5,228 …

Americas / Blog

Cameron's Falklands rhetoric leaves door ajar for Argentina

Like many of her predecessors, Cristina Fernández has re-opened the Falklands/Malvinas question. Photo Source: Reuters.

Predictably, the inhabitants of the Falklands/Malvinas came out overwhelmingly in support of retaining their ties with London rather than Buenos Aires. After this latest episode in British-Argentine relations it is interesting to ponder whether British rhetoric has, counter-productively, potentially ceded …

Americas / Blog

The UK should send Clegg to Latin America

Nick Clegg addressing the Mexican Senate in 2011. Image Source: El Universal.

The emerging economies of Latin America provide a great opportunity for foreign governments to invest and improve bilateral trade and diplomatic relations. Within the international community, Britain is in a hugely favourable position to make an impact in the region. Historic ties go …

Blog / Europe

Time for Britain to leave the EU?

It’s time to leave the club.

Supposing you are a member of a club with a membership fee which each year sets you back several billion. Now suppose your annual subscription fee has been rising year on year. It would seem wise to consider one’s future in the club. Of course most of us do …

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