RT appearances, 4 and 19 May 2017

May 22, 2017

I appeared on RT to debate the government’s “Prevent” programme, and to discuss Swedish prosecutors’ dropping of rape charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.


RT appearance 13 April 2017

April 20, 2017

I appeared on RT last Thursday to discuss US strikes on Syria and the deadlock at the UN Security Council.


Media Appearances April 2017

April 5, 2017

I appeared on Talk Radio on 3 April to discuss Donald Trump’s remarks on North Korea (clip here), and on RT to discuss Saudi war crimes in Yemen and US/ UK complicity (clip here).


RT appearance, 9 December 2016

December 14, 2016

I appeared on RT on Friday to discuss Boris Johnson’s comments on Saudi Arabia, the UK’s role in the region’s proxy wars, and the impact of the PM’s repeated slap-downs of the foreign secretary on the coherence of UK foreign policy.


Sputnik news coverage

October 26, 2016

I’m quoted in two Sputnik news reports, one on an event I organised on the future of the Labour party, the other on anti-Semitism in Labour.


New chapter on Myanmar’s Kachin ceasefire

October 15, 2016

I’m delighted to be among the contributors to a new edited book called War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar, edited by Mandy Sadan at SOAS. The book is about the rise and fall of the ceasefire between the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Organisation, from many different perspectives – geopolitical, economic, cultural, social and even artistic. My chapter is about the geopolitics and political economy of the ceasefire, explaining why the deal was struck in 1994, and the forces that eventually brought it down. You can read it here. There is also a terrific website that accompanies the book, with additional material.


Death of King Bhumibol

October 14, 2016

I have op-eds on The Conversation and New Mandala on the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol. (They are substantially the same but the first gives more background and forecasts a bit more.)

The situation is already evolving from when I wrote these pieces yesterday afternoon. Although General Prayuth, the current military dictator, immediately announced that Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn would succeed his father, the National Assembly convened but did not confirm the succession. The official story is that Vajiralongkorn wants to delay the succession until after he has finished mourning. However, today it’s been announced that General Prem Tinsulanonda, the 96-year-old head of the Privy Council, will act as regent. This is constitutionally correct, but Prem is also alleged (most prominently by Andrew MacGregor Marshall) to be an enemy of Vajiralongkorn, having supposedly plotted for years to block his accession to the throne. As I said in my review of AMM’s A Kingdom in Crisis, I’ve seen no clear evidence to support this allegation. But if it is true, the delay in the succession could indicate what AMM has always argued – a last-ditch attempt to swap Vajiralongkorn for his sister, Sirindhorn, who is far more widely liked in Thailand. If this is so, it looks like Prayuth is not part of this plot, having tried to rush Vajiralongkorn onto the throne, which would also suggest that he is not entirely in control of events. Of course, a far more mundane explanation is possible: Vajiralongkorn wants to (or his advisors have suggested he) spend time publicly mourning to burnish his standing, and Prem’s caretaker role is a default one arising from that decision. I have no way of knowing which interpretation is correct.

EDIT (18.10.16): my article piece has now been published in Newsweek. I also appeared on the BBC World Service (here, at 30:00) and Radio 4’s The World At One (here, at 25:30) to discuss this on 14 October. AMM has also posted a note directly claiming that Prem is manoeuvring to displace Vachiralongkorn or impose constraints on him before he takes the throne. As one would expect there is no evidence presented for these claims so I have no way of knowing if they are true, but it would explain why Prayuth announced an immediate succession, only to backtrack later.


Appearance on Russia Today on Prevent

October 4, 2016

Another interview on why Prevent should be scrapped, on Russia Today, from 27 September 2016.


Appearance on Sputnik Radio’s “Level Talk”

September 29, 2016

I did a half-hour show on Sputnik Radio to discuss whether Brexit meant the end of liberalism and the dawn of a new era. As the question suggests, the discussion was really broad and rambling, but hopefully some goods points managed to surface…!


Recent media

September 14, 2016

Last week I appeared on Al Jazeera to discuss ASEAN, and today I was featured on the BBC Burmese service, discussing Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to the US to discuss the possible lifting of economic sanctions.


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