Foreign Affairs & Security Policy

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
It is no surprise that the recent referendum in Kurdistan produced a crushing majority in favour of independence; no more is it surprising that the government in Bagdad refused to accept this result or even the principle of a consultation, as it...
Friday, October 27, 2017
  Considering last June’s election centred largely on the ongoing negotiations with the European Union over Britain’s departure from it, it would be normal to think the balance of power in the House having been changed and that similarly...
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
With the Iraqi government’s symbolic victory in Mosul, it is most likely we are watching the dusk of ISIL in its present form. We can already identify the difficulties faced by the government and the people of Iraq after it is gone. Those are in two...
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Last week, Donald Trump’s visit to the Orient was remarkable by its conformity and continuity with previous American policy. Notably, he included in his Israeli press conference a repeat of the traditional diplomatic line that Israel is an important...
Thursday, June 1, 2017
One would think from France’s recent election that the current wave of nationalism has been stopped at the French dyke. Recall the collective sigh of relief breathed by the press and all those who were certain they had avoided a return of fascism (...
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Read the original article at the Daily ExpressI spent the last month in the United States, watching what is at least the greatest show in democracy: the inauguration of the American President.This show was bigger and greater than many of those that...
Sunday, January 15, 2017
 Over the past months and especially with the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Ankara, commentators have been surprised at the resilience of the alliance between Turkey and Russia, which have historically been more foes than friends....
Saturday, January 14, 2017
 Read the original article at ConservativeHomeIn 2003, before becoming an MP, I was invited to a dinner with Iain Duncan Smith, then our leader, and the leader of the Law and Justice Party, Jarosław Kaczynski – Poland’s undisputed strongman...
Saturday, January 7, 2017
 Read the original article at Generation ConservativeReferring to a nation that joins the political entity of a state to the cultural entity of a nation, the Nation State has been understood since the Treaty of Westphalia (1648) and has been...
Thursday, December 29, 2016
 Nothing happens in politics by accident, even when it appears to.  We have heard from Guy Verhofstadt that associate EU citizenship is not only desirable for the British public, but perhaps now the EU can advance it without treaty...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
 Read the original article at Generation ConservativeI am all for the notion of cementing a sense of national pride in this country. In fact, I think under the present circumstances we are in great need of such a remedy. Unlike the US, there is...
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
 Another month goes by, another Islamic supremacist murders Europeans for nothing more than his superior sense of hatred and we Eurosceptics decide that Schengen, obviously, caused this. It didn't. It didn't even make it easier. Schengen has...
Monday, December 19, 2016
 Read the original article at Generation ConservativeThe U.K. has traditionally enjoyed a prestigious role as a bridge between the United States and Europe. Its relations with both are nevertheless vulnerable and fragile, and as Britain’s...
Friday, December 16, 2016
 Bow Group Chairman Ben Harris-Quinney joins an academic panel at the London School of Economics to discuss what the electoral victories of Trump and Brexit signify.Listen to the opening addressListen to the statement on Third Way...
Monday, December 5, 2016
 Jacob Zenn calls for British military and diplomatic support in the fight against terrorists threatening the largest Commonwealth nation in AfricaAn ally of the UK and US for over 50 years, Nigeria has long been West Africa’s regional...
Monday, December 5, 2016
 Read the original article at Generation ConservativeSomething has gone terribly wrong in politics. It’s not primarily the content that I refer to, but rather the language in which it is being conducted. On the one hand, it often seems entirely...
Friday, November 25, 2016
 The Bow Group wishes to thank all who attended our second joint event of 2016 with the Israeli Embassy in London on 'The Future of Public Security in the Middle East', assessing internal domestic issues within the State of Israel, the...
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
 It is time to recognise that the situation in Syria is far too complex for airstrikes alone to solveIHS Conflict Monitor When, as 2015 drew to a close, Parliament voted to allow the RAF jets to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State in...
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
 With the election of Donald Trump in America, it seems the West is turning more and more towards a multilateral view of its relations with other powers.Although this important difference between Trump and his Democrat opponent was not the most...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
 Read the original article at John Redwood's DiaryDear President electCongratulations on your election. As one of the few UK and European politicians who did not seek to interfere in the US election or seek to regale a little interested world...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
 Ben Harris-Quinney argues for a new way of thinking about foreign affairsThere is a common assumption that policy makers today have a more enlightened, more insightful understanding of the world than their predecessors.It is seen as backward,...
Thursday, November 10, 2016
 What would you say if you found out that UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization – decided to deny the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Vatican or the relationship between Islam and Mecca? You...
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
 Benedict Rogers suggests ways the Conservatives can put religious freedom – including the right to disbelieve - at the heart of foreign policyScenes of Christians and Yazidis fleeing Iraq have illustrated stark and graphic headlines in recent...
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
 Another day goes by and another western decadent journalist rumbles the plot. Yes it's true: we're completely riddled with Russian spies here at the Bow Group. When you see a conservative enjoying vodka at some bar, be very suspicious. When he...
Monday, October 31, 2016
 The price must be right before Britain intervenes abroad, argues Nabil NajjarThe realities of global conflict are shifting – now more so than ever – and the threats we face as a nation have become simultaneously greater in number, yet harder...

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