Foreign Affairs

Britain should give Kenya support instead of tourist terrorism warnings

Britain should give Kenya support instead of tourist terrorism warnings

The recent spate of terrorist attacks across Africa have shaken the very foundations of several optimistic countries, replacing hope with fear. From the capture of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria to the latest round of brutal bombings in Kenya’s capital Nairobi killing over a dozen people and wounding 70 more, the pattern is sporadic but the frequency consistent. This atrocity followed […]

by · 25th May 2014 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
The Dark Continent

The Dark Continent

Beginning in the late 1940s, The State of Africa by Martin Meredith looks at the development of the continent through time, as democracy replaced colonial rule, and this in turn was moulded into personal dictatorships and tyrannies, right up to the modern day. An excellent and thought-provoking book, and,  as the narrative wore on, I became increasingly disconcerted by what […]

by and · 27th April 2014 · Foreign Affairs
Burma, Birmingham & Benefits

Burma, Birmingham & Benefits

I have just returned from the most amazing trip to Burma, but whilst I was there I knew I had to share a few thoughts when I got home. I was in Burma for a family wedding but naturally we had some time to tour around the city of Rangoon.  The city of Rangoon is home to 6 million people […]

by · 18th February 2014 · Foreign Affairs
Three US State elections from a British political perspective

Three US State elections from a British political perspective

Chris Christie, Bill de Blasio and Terry McAuliffe By Maxwell Woodger Last Tuesday, Americans went to the polls in three states, which are key to US presidential elections: New York, New Jersey and Virginia. For a UK comparison, this would be equivalent to a major regional election such as the 2012 London Mayor election, or a significant number of Council […]

by and · 15th November 2013 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
Has the Commonwealth lost its legitimacy?

Has the Commonwealth lost its legitimacy?

By Shaun Dias Commonwealth Leaders are beginning to gather in Sri Lanka ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Many nations are criticising the decision to allow Sri Lanka to host CHOGM amidst the countries continued human and civil rights violations springing from the countries twenty-six year civil war. The principles of the Commonwealth, set out in the […]

by and · 8th November 2013 · Foreign Affairs