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May 27, 2020

We all know the story.

On the 27th of March, Dominic Cummings, the Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, drove 260 miles to County Durham during the height of lockdown. He did so with his wife, Mary Wakefield, and their four year old son out of fea...

April 13, 2020

After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to step back from life as senior members of the Royal Family, a lot of fuss has been made about whether they will continue to receive public money for their security detail. 

Although the topic of the Royal Family is normally...

March 16, 2020

The desire for academics and the public to understand the personality of those who govern is not a recent phenomenon. However, with the increased ‘personalisation’ of politics in recent years, a greater emphasis has been placed on the specific personalists of politicia...

February 10, 2020

Conflict and external intervention have been a leitmotif of the Middle East’s history. The region has witnessed intra-regional war, external invasion, conflict from non-state networks and the resulting chronic developmental crises. Afghanistan has often been the centre...

January 13, 2020

“Parties that do not change, die … If the world changes and we don’t then we become of no use to the world” – Tony Blair, 1994.

James Callaghan’s general election loss in 1979 and Michael Foot’s subsequent electoral failure in 1983 catalysed a period of internal divisio...

December 16, 2019

The United States needs the support of strong allies in global affairs to achieve legitimacy in its national interests and policy objectives that have become defined by multilateral cooperation since the end of World War II.

Allies are fundamentally important in securi...

November 27, 2019

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244, adopted on the 10th of June 1999, aimed to promote ‘the establishment of substantial autonomy and self-government in Kosovo’. On the basis of this, international negotiations on Kosovo’s status began in February 2007. A...

November 8, 2019

Understanding the characteristics of those who govern us has been of interest for millennia.

Some of the most well-known political philosophers have written on the importance of individuals, their temperament and their capacities to govern.

Plato mused of the ideal rul...

October 21, 2019

In the UK, it’s been hard to escape the feeling that our current political stalemate is totally unique to us. Yes, we might not be immune to President Trump’s Twitter sideshow or the horrors of Syrian civil war, but we’re somehow different. A mature Western democracy w...

October 10, 2019

In July 2019, Britain got a new Prime Minister.

Theresa May was forced out of office after her Withdrawal Agreement was defeated three times with no foreseeable alternative route to take us forward.

Enter... Boris Johnson.

To say that Mr Johnson's term as PM has not sta...

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