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Ongoing Afghan dilemma

I’ve been struggling since Barack Obama entered the White House over what attitude to take towards NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan. One side of me does not believe we can achieve even limited goals; the other side says that we Europeans should support the new president. The principal objective of the Obama policy is to defeat… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Understanding Russia

This week’s meeting in London between Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev was very welcome. They are to seek to agree a new arms control treaty this year. Obama has ‘pressed the reset button’, as promised. The atmosphere of the meeting was good. With Barack Obama replacing George W Bush, hopefully western understanding of Russian… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I’ve been struggling since Barack Obama entered the White House over what my attitude towards NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan should be. One side of me does not believe we can achieve even limited goals; the other side says that we Europeans should support the new president. The principal objective of the Obama policy is to… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

G2 vs G20

The first leader in the current issue of The Economist refers to the “big idea” that geopolitics is now a bipolar affair, with America and China the only two that matter. “Thus in London next month the real business will not be the G20 meeting but the ‘G2’ summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Hu… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Spotlight Europe of January 2009 highlights the interrelationship between a number of conflicts which ravage the Greater Middle East and the fact that the only solution is a long term, comprehensive one. The paper contains two revealing charts, one setting out the interests of the key regional actors, and the other listing the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Leadership

I recommend you take five minutes to see and hear extracts from Barack Obama’s budget speech on Wednesday to the US Congress. While recognising that the new President’s success will be judged by the effectiveness of his actions and not his words, nevertheless the confidence he gives to the people is an essential part of… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick