Donald Trump’s call from Taiwan was nothing but a clueless gaffe. But what is the point of the ‘One China’ policy, and isn’t it time America endorsed Taiwanese legitimacy?
The death of Castro has prompted predictably polarised responses. But you don’t have to agree with Castro’s authoritarianism to learn something from the remarkable social development he achieved.Read more "Hero or villain? We don’t have to agree with Castro’s Cuba to learn something from it."
Pundits have been bending over backwards to suggest Donald Trump represents a seismic shift in Republican politics. But only a few days from his election victory, its seeming more like this presidency will bear all the hallmarks of his Republican predecessors.Read more "Racist? Misogynistic? Internationally disastrous? Doesn’t sound like a new kind of Republican to me."
Millions are facing starvation in the Lake Chad Basin, a region wracked by long-term poverty, climate change and extremist violence. Yet despite the region being a breeding ground for terror and the perfect storm for mass migration, Western governments’ aid contributions have so far been dismal. Now is the time to pay attention.Read more "The world must pay attention or millions will starve in the Lake Chad Basin"
Dumping Brexiteers in all of Britain’s foreign policy ministries does not bode well for the amount of attention Theresa May will give to Britain’s relationship with the world. But as she will discover now more than even is not the time to check out from our international commitments. Instead, British diplomats need to be ensuring our international partners know we remain engaged, and Britain must dive headfirst into tackling the world’s international problems.Read more "Dumping the foreign ministries with Brexit undesirables does not bode well for Theresa May’s foreign policy"
Remain or Leave, this referendum must serve as a dire warning that the status quo cannot continue. Vaguely making ‘the positive case for immigration’ is no longer enough. Concrete action must be taken in recognition that some have been affected negatively by immigration, and others need to be persuaded through actions, not just words, that immigration is positive and beneficial. A return to the hysteria of the last five years, while burying our heads in the sand, will only make the situation worse and worse.Read more "Ignoring immigration has brought us to the brink of Brexit catastrophe. It’s time to stop burying our heads in the sand."
The counter-movement against the Western gay rights revolution is showing no signs of abating in Africa, where legal recognition of LGBT rights in all but South Africa remains a distant dream. Yet for Western governments, interventions into this sensitive international arena can prove disastrously counter-productive. A policy focus on reactive aid conditionality and public condemnation by Western leaders has only served to fuel accusations of colonialism and further marginalise LGBT Africans. Thus far, it appears that the impact of the transnational LGBT rights movement has been overwhelmingly negative in Africa.Read more "Aid conditionality will not prevent homophobia in Africa. So what are the policy alternatives?"