Foreign Affairs

We should not tolerate the intolerant

We should not tolerate the intolerant

Parliament Street’s Charlotte Kude analyses the meaning of last week’s events for French society and the wider western world. Also featuring in TheCommentator We are at war. Not my words, those of a French MP last Thursday. Finally, someone says it. This is a war that we didn’t start. Let me clarify: the West is not at war against Islam and never has been. However, it will defend itself […]

The Meaning of Fraternité: Every attack on Jews is an attack on us all

The Meaning of Fraternité: Every attack on Jews is an attack on us all

  Joseph Weissman is Media Analyst at the Embassy of Israel   Immediate lessons have been drawn from last week’s terror attacks in Paris, as France has bolstered its security by calling up thousands of troops to protect sensitive sites across the capital. Half of these protected sites are Jewish, following the murder of four Jews in the kosher bakery […]

Questioning the efficacy of gun control in Europe after the Charlie Hebdo shooting

Questioning the efficacy of gun control in Europe after the Charlie Hebdo shooting

Parliament Street’s Helen Chandler-Wilde compares views on gun control policy in Europe and in the US after Charlie Hebdo massacre On 7th January of this year, two masked gunmen forced their way into the offices of Charlie Hebdo in the 11th arrondissement. The two perpetrators of this attack, thought to be brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, used powerful military-grade firearms to […]

Fostering democracy in North Korea

Fostering democracy in North Korea

In December 2014, hackers attacked the computers of Sony Pictures, apparently in an attempt to prevent the release of “The Interview”, a film depicting the fictional assassination of Kim Jong-un. The attack was praised by the North Korean National Defence Commission, describing it as a “righteous deed”, and although the North Koreans publicly deny any involvement in the attack, US investigators have concluded that North Korea was responsible for these actions.

by · 23rd December 2014 · Foreign Affairs, Research, Blog
Vladimir Putin’s bad week

Vladimir Putin’s bad week

Mr. Putin’s week started out bad when he left the G20 summit in a huff after Western leaders “ganged up on him” and turned worse after Germany announced they will not be making their 2020 co2 emissions target. It’s been a tough week for the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. First the Putin regime was singled out at the G20 summit in […]

by · 20th November 2014 · Foreign Affairs
Canada’s Tories: Winning the ethnic vote without a single Warsi

Canada’s Tories: Winning the ethnic vote without a single Warsi

If we’ve learnt anything from the recent departure of Baroness Warsi, it’s that we don’t win the ethnic vote by placing a token ethnic minority peer on the front bench to somehow convey to minorities that the party relates to them. It doesn’t work for two key reasons. Firstly, the average person doesn’t really pay all that much attention to politics […]

by and · 11th August 2014 · Foreign Affairs
A Gathering Storm? The struggle for power and territory in the South China Sea

A Gathering Storm? The struggle for power and territory in the South China Sea

Something is stirring in the Far East. A dormant nationalism has awoken. Emboldened by economic growth and success at home, the decline and retreat of the West, and the weakness of their neighbours, China has claimed nearly the entire South China Sea as its own and is seeking total regional dominance. Faced by a rapacious, expansionist power, the other countries […]

Too many voices: the bane of Israel’s electoral system

Too many voices: the bane of Israel’s electoral system

Despite wanting to steer away from a dreary debate on electoral systems, there does seem to be quite a lot of venom directed at the classic First Past the Post system in the UK. Right at the other end of the spectrum lies the party list proportional representation of Israeli elections. With the second-lowest electoral threshold in the world (currently […]

by and · 28th July 2014 · Foreign Affairs
We need energy independence more than ever

We need energy independence more than ever

The last 72 hours have been extremely intense. Iraq is in another uprising of civil unrest and Russia is taking another aggressive step to intimidate Ukraine by shutting off their gas supply. It’s proof that the UK needs to act fast to secure energy independence from countries like Iraq and Russia and it needs to put its full force into […]

by and · 27th June 2014 · Foreign Affairs
How combining international aid & social media can transform Africa

How combining international aid & social media can transform Africa

Social media is impacting life in Africa at breakneck speed, and it is not just the usual suspects Facebook and Twitter. Parliament Street’s Clare George-Hilley explores. I have participated a number of high profile relief effort campaigns in Kenya, The Gambia working with The Glove Projectand Sierra Leone on the Street Child project. A common challenge for all these humanitarian […]

by · 18th June 2014 · Foreign Affairs, Blog