Tag Archives: the EU

President Obama and Brexit.

In an open letter to President Obama, five MPs and MEP Nigel Farage have called on the US President to stay out of the EU debate. “With so much at stake, they write, it is imperative that the question of exiting … Continue reading

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Pollsters, pundits and the public: The UK May 2015 general elections

There is a lot of egg on a lot of faces following the Conservative party’s victory in the UK’s May 7 2015 general elections. For months, the polls had been predicting a too close to call election result, and newspaper … Continue reading

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Joseph S. Nye, Jr, Is the American Century Over? Polity Press, 2015

In 1991, Nye published Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, a response to Paul Kennedy’s best-selling The Rise and Decline of Great Powers, in which Kennedy had written that the US was in decline due to an … Continue reading

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The UK’s supranationalism is at the root of its EU difficulties

The ongoing debate in the UK about the EU is largely about UK constitutional politics. The Prime Minister has pledged that if re-elected, he will present the United Kingdom with an in/out referendum in 2017 on a reformed EU. Opponents, … Continue reading

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The Ukrainian crisis: the Finland option.

The western  boycott on Russia for its invasion of the Ukraine is a modest measure of limited consequence. The only outcome that we should wish for is a “Finlandization” of the Ukraine. Russia, of course, is vulnerable. That goes particularly … Continue reading

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Global energy scenarios to 2035

Global energy is and always has been, highly controversial, particularly since the world’s conversion from locally supplied coal in the 1950s, to  dependence on oil from the Gulf.  The shift occurred swiftly .  Changes in U.S. tax incentives in 1958 … Continue reading

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Thatcher’s legacy is Britain’s isolation?

Marie Anne Slaughter has written an article in the FT of April 12, entitled “Thatcher’s legacy is Britain’s isolation”. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/aebdce1c-a295-11e2-9b70-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2Qk0uQE2p The article is representative of the State Department view, originally shaped by Dean Acheson’s assertion that the UK had lost an … Continue reading

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