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A lesson from the Maharal

There are two roads to peace, according to the Maharal (the famous Chief Rabbi of Prague in the 16th century): separation or active co-existence. Of these, only the latter is durable. Although there is no overall consensus, European thinking – whether about Russia, China, Iran or wherever, tends to favour integration. This is should not… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

An OSE ‘Niet’

It comes as no surprise that China has not supported Russia over its intervention in Georgia or its recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. What is surprising is that Moscow either expected a different reaction or does not care. There were no crumbs of comfort for Putin and Medvedev at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

R2P understood

I recommend to you the lecture given by Gareth Evans, President of the International Crisis Group, in Singapore on 5 August which contains a clear explanation of the concept of the “responsibility to protect”, commonly referred to as “R2P”. The “responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity”, which… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Who governs?

Paradoxically, European integration appears to be seriously faltering at the very time that it is badly needed – faltering on the fundamentals of integration, not on whether there should be more or less policy-making or legislating at EU level.The European Union consists of two groups of Member States: those which realise and accept that they… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Georgia still on my mind

Kishore Mahbubani rightly points out (see post of 22 August) that, while the West sees Georgia as the underdog against Russia, others see Russia resisting the bullying West. The gap “between the western narrative and the rest of the world could not be greater.”The US would not tolerate Russia intruding into its geopolitical sphere in… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Does anyone believe in the effectiveness and usefulness of the United States missile defence system? Is it a scam, as Gwynne Dyer argues, an ‘emperor’s new clothes’ syndrome, or both? Since Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars project was launched in 1983, over $100bn has been spent. The ballistic missile defence system currently being considered is designed… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

At this time of US confrontation with Russia and failure in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, it is well worth reading the 34th President’s Farewell Address of January 1961. It is sad but obvious that the 43th President has not read it. The messages delivered are particularly pertinent coming from a Republican and a former general,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Return of history (2)

By remarkable coincidence, Kishore Mahbubani, with whom I have in the past exchanged views both in Singapore and by email, wrote in yesterday’s Financial Times, making the identical point that my post made: we are seeing played out in Georgia, “the return of history” – not its end and not the “triumph of western civilisation”.… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Return of history

Francis Fukiyama was wrong. We have not been witnessing the end of history, but the return of history. One reason for this is that we have not learned the lessons of history. But who did not at least think that 1989 had brought to an end four decades of Cold War in Europe and the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick