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Britain Must Heed Chilcot’s Lessons for Remote Warfare

The Chilcot Report may have been written with a focus on the conventional methods of war used in Iraq; however, the government must heed its warnings as the UK becomes ever more reliant on covert, remote means of warfare.

The Chilcot Report marked a landmark moment in addressing the problems with UK military strategy during the …

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Blog / Europe

Does Blair Deserve the Blame for Iraq?

The much-awaited Chilcot Inquiry, published on 6 July, was ultimately anticlimactic. It confirmed most of what we knew already: that the Iraq War was misguided and poorly handled. Condemning the aims and methods of the war, the faulty intelligence that provoked it, and the lack of strategic plan for its aftermath, Sir John Chilcot presented an …

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Americas / Blog

Continuity and Foreign Policy

Obama and Biden – The White House via Flickr

 

In 2008, Obama entered the oval office full of hopes, his campaign promises had included a completely different approach to foreign policy than his Republican predecessor. Obama had seduced American citizens and the world with his clear opposition to the war in Iraq, his recognition of …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Building a more inclusive Iraq

“Iraqi voters inked fingers” – Jim Goodwin, via Wikimedia Commons

Contemporary Iraq embodies the consequences and legacies of the failures of the modern nation-building process in the Middle East, authoritarian patterns of governance, intervention, political miscalculations and misleading and often simplistic conceptualisations of Iraqi society. Over the past 12 years a new and unsustainable reality …

Davutoğlu with John Kerry and Syrian Opposition Council Chairman Moaz al-Khatib in İstanbul, May 2013 - US Department of via Wikimedia Commons
Blog / Middle East and North Africa

How has Turkish foreign policy failed in Iraq?

Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu with John Kerry and Syrian Opposition Council Chairman Moaz al-Khatib in İstanbul, May 2013 – US Department of via Wikimedia Commons

This analysis attempts to generally assess the foreign policy of the AKP-led government of the Republic of Turkey towards the current situation in Iraq. Three hardly correctable mistakes …

Eva Svoboda of the Overseas Development Institute
Blog / International Development

Interview: ODI’s Eva Svoboda on Aid and Islamic State

Eva Svoboda of the Overseas Development Institute

Eva Svoboda, Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute spoke to Future Foreign Policy’s Daniel Rey on questions arising from her IRIN/HPG Crisis Briefing Paper, ‘Aid and the Islamic State’, co-authored with Louise Redvers.

Daniel Rey: Eva, your recent paper analyses the gap in …

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Blog / International Security

The End of Imperial History?

The European empires in 1914; Andrew0921 via Wikimedia Commons

World War II dealt a death-blow to the European colonial system, and the break-up of the former Soviet Union in 1991 completed the decolonisation of global politics. As the world gets progressively less Euro-centric, some of these lines are now beginning to vanish entirely. 2014 has …

Seal of the Islamic State of Iraq ad the Levant. Photo source Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant via Wikimedia Commons.
Blog / International Security

Declaring war on Islamic State will not solve this crisis

Seal of the Islamic State of Iraq ad the Levant. Photo source: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant via Wikimedia Commons.

In perhaps the least surprising story of last month, the British Prime Minister took his country into a military campaign in Iraq. The story was not surprising because of its rich historical precedence; dating back …

Europe & Iraq
Europe / Middle East and North Africa

Europe in Iraq

Iraqi refugee children at Newroz camp. Photo Source: DFID via Flickr Creative Commons.

In 2003, the then American Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld lay a new curtain across Europe, when he labelled those willing to join the United States in their crusades across Iraq as the ‘New Europe’ and those who refrained as ‘Old Europe’.

Those …

The Future of IS
Blog / International Security

IS, Social Media and the Next Steps

Flag of Islamic State via Wikimedia Commons

Barbaric images of the beheading of US journalist James Foley circulated globally on the 20th of August 2014; a day that made the threat of IS an alarming reality to the average citizen.  In a recent Al Jazeera debate, Shiraz Maher, a senior research fellow at …

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