Foreign Affairs

We must stand up against brutal tyrants

We must stand up against brutal tyrants

Parliament Street CEO, Patrick Sullivan writes an Op-Ed about the recent events in Syria and the challenges facing the International Community. Donald Trump has passed the first real leadership test of his young Presidency and shocked many in the process. In the abstract it is easy to say that we should not get involved in situations involving “far away people […]

by · 7th April 2017 · Foreign Affairs
The State of Play in the Middle East

The State of Play in the Middle East

Emily Payne, Parliament Street’s Director of Middle East Studies tells how 2016 changed the region and looks at what is in store for it in 2017.   2016 was an eventful year starting with the Cologne New Year’s Eve sexual assaults and ending in the retaking of Aleppo and assault of Mosul.  Almost six years after the Arab Spring, civil […]

by · 1st January 2017 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
Colombian opposition led by former President Alvaro Uribe march to protest against President Juan Manuel Santos' government and denounce concessions they have made in peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC,  in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, April 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

When Governments Abdicate Their Responsibilty, Chaos Ensues

What is a referendum? A referendum is a single-issue vote by which the state delineates decision making on a controversial issue to the people. In the past year, we’ve seen two issues which have long divided nations come to a head at the ballot box, and the results have been a disaster. Last week, the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, […]

by · 5th October 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
What the State Elections Mean for Merkel

What the State Elections Mean for Merkel

Sunday’s elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern were a resounding defeat for Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) — in her home state no less. Coalition partners Social Democratic Party (SPD) topped the election results, whilst the far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) beat the CDU into second place. Quite the embarrassing finish for a Chancellor who has been in power since 2005 and is […]

by · 8th September 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
The Fate of the World Literally Lies in the Hands of One of Its Worst Leaders

The Fate of the World Literally Lies in the Hands of One of Its Worst Leaders

Think about it- Turkey has been in the news a lot lately and not for good reasons. Between the refugee crisis of the past year to the attack at Ataturk Airport to the failed coup d’etat of last month, it seems that the Turkish state is reaching a tipping point. Of course, let’s not forget the seemingly endless and destructive […]

by · 18th August 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
TTIP is Going to New York. Is This the Last Chance for a Deal?

TTIP is Going to New York. Is This the Last Chance for a Deal?

Thomas Lahey is a student at the Catholic University of America and aspiring jurist. EU and US negotiators will meet in New York City between 25-29 April to continue discussions about finalising the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman have undertaken an ambitious agenda to agree on a framework for this […]

by · 18th April 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Blog

Cuba: The Fall of Communism’s Last Stand

This month, Barack Obama became the first President of the United States of America in ninety years to visit Cuba, heralding the dawn of a new relationship between the two countries. The island nation at the centre of the defining incident of the Cold War, over which Kennedy and Khrushchev came so close to escalating the conflict, has long been […]

by · 31st March 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Blog

The Decline of the Left in Europe?

A Parliament Street Report, prepared by James Downes, Director of Public Opinion and Polling Much has been made in the media recently about the decline of traditional mainstream left-wing parties across Western Europe. Recent articles in the Economist and the New Statesman have outlined how the traditional centre left are under attack from insurgent parties from the extreme left and right alike who are […]

by · 2nd March 2016 · Foreign Affairs, Research
Why British Conservatives should care about the Canadian election.

Why British Conservatives should care about the Canadian election.

by Aisha Vance Today Canadians go to the polls to elect their next government. Having only gone through this ourselves barely six months ago, we can freshly remember the hard work, time and dedication put into an election campaign. Perhaps, most fascinating, is the similarities between both Countries during this election – the polls have been mostly tied with the Conservatives […]

by · 19th October 2015 · Foreign Affairs
Europe’s Refugee Crisis is an American Problem Too- and We Can Help

Europe’s Refugee Crisis is an American Problem Too- and We Can Help

By Tom Lahey As thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya and parts of West Africa stream across Europe from the east and south, one of the greatest moral questions of our time arises: should the principle of freedom of movement allow all of these people to flow unchecked throughout the continent and settle in accommodations often paid for by […]

by · 9th September 2015 · Foreign Affairs, Blog