'iraq' Category

  • Debating Economic Sanctions

    June 8, 2012

    Today I participated in a debate on the merits of international economic sanctions on Voice of Russia radio, with David Patrikarakos, Antonios Tzanakopoulos (University College, London) and Dmitry Babich (VoR correspondent). You can listen to the debate here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

  • Wikileaks

    January 28, 2011

    Last night I spoke at the Institute of Ideas’ Current Affairs Forum on Wikileaks. Here is the blurb for the event: A wicked leak of state secrets? Transparency, power and the diplomatic cables The Wikileaks revelations have not just been in the news for the past months, they have been the news. Since the latest […]

  • Coalition Politics

    July 30, 2010

    Last Friday I appeared on London’s Colourful Radio to discuss a surprising range of political issues, including Nick Clegg’s performance at Prime Minister’s Questions, the Iraq War and the Lockerbie Bombing. You can still listen to a recording via their clunky website (22 July, starts at 9am slot – 22mins in out of 55mins). I’ll […]

  • Iraq and the Chilcot Inquiry

    December 12, 2009

    Over the last few weeks we’ve seen various revelations as people have testified before the Chilcot Inquiry on the invasion of Iraq, and today Tony Blair has given an interview to Fern Britton (!) about the decision to invade, ahead of his appearance next year. How much new information, however, are we actually learning? Not […]

  • World Systems Theory for the Twenty-First Century

    February 28, 2009

    My review of Giovanni Arrighi’s Adam Smith in Beijing is now out in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (subscription required).

  • The Iraq Surge

    November 3, 2008

    A piece of mine on the failure of the Iraq surge has appeared on The First Post website. It’s currently the main ‘splash’ story, and while it doesn’t carry as fantastic a picture as accompanied my first piece for them, it nonetheless looks quite smart. It makes the point that whoever wins the US election […]

  • Thoughts on the BOI 2007

    October 29, 2007

    The 2007 Battle of Ideas was a very successful event, better than 2006 because the streams and topics were better selected and the festival seemed to attract a wider range of people, both as panellists and as audience members. My session seemed to go down very well. Initially I was worried there might not be […]

  • Battle of Ideas 2007

    October 18, 2007

    Next weekend sees the third annual Battle of Ideas, a ‘festival of high-level, thought-provking debate’ of some of the key ideas and issues of our times. Just as last year, I’ll be doing my bit with a little contribution on student politics in the session entitled ‘Revolting Students‘: What’s the matter with students today? Whatever […]

  • Coups R Us

    September 2, 2007

    Very little blogging recently, for which apologies. Been bogged down with work and moving house next week so things are a bit up in the air. In the meantime, check out the article linked to from the title of this post. If you read my earlier post about the role of lobbyists, this is an […]

  • Going out with a shrug

    May 11, 2007

    You have to ask yourself exactly who was supposed to be convinced by the rapturous send-off afforded Tony Blair in his Sedgefield constituency yesterday as he announced his impending resignation as leader of the Labour Party and hence Prime Minister. It has to be the most carefully stage-managed exit in political history. Understandably, analysis of […]

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