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Good news – the UK is not in recession; Bad news – it doesn’t feel like it

One of the greatest problems that both economists and politicians face is the key element of communication. Yes, they may indeed be trying to...

Tackling new threats to critical energy infrastructure

The explosions that targeted the Nord Stream pipelines from Russia to Germany in September 2022 and the suspected sabotage of Baltic-connector pipeline, which supplies...

UK and Kazakhstan deepen strategic cooperation

During a visit to Astana, UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron, and Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu signed a Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, opening...

U.S. and U.K. take new steps to reduce Russia’s revenue from metals

On April 12, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in coordination with the United Kingdom, issued two new prohibitions in order to disrupt the...

Clear Direction or Misleading Headlines

In a world full of stories all noisily striving for attention, the individual importance of some of them will be exaggerated through scary headlines...

Viking Link undersea cable to power up UK and Denmark

On December 29, Danish transmission system operator (TSO) Energinet launched the Viking Link, the world’s longest electricity interconnector, establishing a subsea cable connection across...

Ukraine, Middle East will dominate Cameron’s UK foreign policy agenda

David Cameron, who was made Foreign Secretary in a surprise move by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during his cabinet reshuffle on November 13, is...

Cameron’s return as Foreign Secretary raises UK’s international profile

David Cameron, who was made foreign secretary in a surprise move by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during his cabinet reshuffle on November 13, brings...

US-UK Strategic Sanctions Dialogue inaugurated

Building on the unique economic and security partnership between the two nations, the US Department of State hosted a senior UK government delegation for...

UK eyes energy security, increasing supplies amid stronger ties with Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan can play a special role in energy security in the new global environment, considering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and transition to a green...

Former MI5 chief warns of national cybersecurity threats

Following the US, EU, and UK's decisions to ban China’s TikTok from government phones over security fears and recent reports of a Russian cyber...

When it comes to defense, the politicians must listen to those who know best – the generals

The halls of power are walked by people who know little, care even less and yet have the right to supersede and ignore the advice of those who know better.

The economic bearpit – When “over there” becomes “over here”

An apology – with a ghastly diet of death, destruction and depravity currently raging around us, it may seem callous to examine the economic...

Despite heavy imports, France still biggest electricity exporter in Europe

France maintained its position as the biggest net exporter of power in Europe in the second half of 2021, despite an extreme reliance on...

The West’s disunity stems from the latent Russophilia; anti-Anglo-Americanism of key EU nations

If you personify countries by combining their politics with their national identity, it's amazing how representative the characters are. For example, the UK is...

The year of the squeeze

Few of us will mourn the passing of 2021. However, as the New Year party balloons lie flaccid on the floor, there seems little...

Scotland awards massive seabed rights for wind farms in North Sea

The Crown Estate Scotland announced on January 17 the results of the ScotWind seabed tender, after receiving 74 bids for the 15 areas that...

Europe and Russia

It's always put my back up how conservative commentators have recently taken to comparing the current state of affairs in the West to the...

Conflict in Ukraine and Kosovo are connected

Vladimir Putin claims that protecting ethnic Russians justifies military action against Ukraine. Putin’s concern for Ukraine’s Russian minority is bombastic. His greater global goal...

The Korean Peninsula should remain a security concern

With both South Korea and the United States focused on domestic matters – 2022 presidential race and 2022 midterm elections respectively, it will be...

Why China cannot invade Taiwan

China’s recent aerial incursion in Taiwan air defense zone and President Xi Jinping’s confrontational remarks re-prompted a debate on whether or not Beijing is...

BP acquires EV fleet charging provider AMPLY Power in US

BP said on December 7 the UK company took its first major step into electrification in the US with the acquisition of AMPLY Power,...

Only the West can save Georgia

“We need you back, Tim,” said nobody. “Coverage of what's happening in Georgia just isn't enough. Goddamit man, it's only Ani Chkhikvadze out there...

At COP26, EU pledges €100 million to the Adaptation Fund

At COP26 in Glasgow, the European Commission has announced a new pledge of €100 million in finance for the Adaptation Fund.“We have to scale...

US, UK and Europe launch ‘Just Energy Transition’ partnership with South Africa

The governments of South Africa, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, along with the European Union, announced on November...

EU, US and Partners launch Global Methane Pledge to keep 1.5C within reach

The European Union, the United States and partners formally launched on November 2 the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions...

EU, UNEP launch International Methane Emissions Observatory

At the G20 Summit, on the eve of the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with support from the...

New political patterns in the South Caucasus

Developments in the South Caucasus continue to race ahead of Europe’s understanding of them. By the time an event has been noticed, recognized, digested,...

A dash of UK Hubris: Containing China

Hubris is a fickle emotion. Too much of it can be deadly, while too little of it can be crushing. A country with a...

In US foreign policy, realists are finally on the rise

During the autumn of 2020, the United States lost one of its most brilliant, incisive, yet unheralded thinkers in Sherle R. Schwenninger.One of Schwenninger’s...

Sefcovic says EU stands united behind Northern Ireland

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said on October 13 the UK government should engage with European Union earnestly on the bloc’s package of...

The West needs to unite to fight for human rights

Human rights seem nonexistent in today’s world. That’s because the world’s democracies are not fighting for it. While the world’s dictatorships always seem to have...

Why the Taliban’s promise to stop the opium trade rings hollow

One of the first announcements the Taliban made after seizing power in Afghanistan in August was that they were going to “ban the production and sale...

Why the fall of Afghanistan sllows Iran to expand its influence

Since 2020, the United States has been working to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. The Americans' announcement emboldened the Taliban, who recently took control...

Canada’s election and its meaning for Ukraine

Though it is hard to say, the recent election in Canada was a waste of money. After the expenditure of over $600 million (CDN),...

Germany and its neo-imperial quest in Bosnia

When rumors first began to swirl in January about the possible appointment of Christian Schmidt as Europe's High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I...

With the AUKUS pact, the US has opted to snub some of its European partners

In the nearly nine months since he took office, it has become apparent that the US and European Union will not immediately experience a...

Will Central Asia serve as Europe’s bridge to Afghanistan?

Just over one month on from the fall of Kabul, Europe is still grasping for answers to the question of how to engage in...

The West must apply the lessons of Afghanistan and Tunisia to Libya

Twenty years have now passed since 9/11. Since then, differing ideas of the importance of democracy in Middle Eastern policy have dominated the foreign...

Conflict is spreading across the African continent

Many African countries are run by dictatorships, but their grasp on power is increasingly unstable. Mali has seen at least 2 changes of power...

On 9/11, it’s time for a reckoning and reflection of decades of failed US national security policy

A reckoning with America’s failed national security policy is long overdue.Our calamitous misadventures in the Middle East and the global financial collapse of 2008...

What next after 20 years of war in Afghanistan? Anatol Lieven on the U.S.’ legacy and the Taliban’s rise

On August 30, 2021, a C-17 transport plane took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, signaling the end of America’s longest war....

Enough of the Durban depravity

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the so-called “World Conference Against Racism”, otherwise known as Durban I. The 2001 conference was to be...

Europe willingly forfeited a leadership role in Afghanistan

If Winston Churchill were alive today, I imagine he might have said something like “Never in the history of human conflict have so few...

Afghanistan 2021: An extremist ‘stammtisch’

Everybody has a favorite bar or coffee house. A place you can go to seek solace or connect with old friends. In some cases,...

Are Turkish investors falling for Hamas’ games?

Recent reports have revealed the extent of investments and assets controlled by Hamas, the Palestinian terror group, within Turkey. Hamas has long maintained a strong...

Mikheil Saakashvili – The post-Soviet space’s once and future buffoon

It isn't every day you find yourself talking to a major figure of recent history, especially not one who has staged both a successful...

Russia’s hand in Nord Stream 2 could be nightmare alley for EU

The European Union needs to boost energy security and provide alternatives and others, Justin Urquhart Stewart, co-founder of UK Regional Investment Platform Regionally, told...

An EU diplomatic ‘bâdgir’ in Vienna: The Iran nuclear deal 2.0

When things get hot, you look to cool them down. Persian culture is too familiar with heat with scorching Middle East temperatures. One of...

The EU’s plans for stabilizing Libya via democratic elections alone are set to fail

The European Union has for years invested its diplomatic efforts, as well as millions of Euros, into bringing a sense of security to Libya,...

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