Monthly Archives: August 2011

Looking back iv

Interesting post by Stewart Patrick on the Foreign Affairs website looking at Libya in the context of Obama’s Presidential Study Directive 10 (August 4, 2011), which establishes an interagency Atrocities Prevention Board.   This Directive might suggest a new enthusiasm for American … Continue reading

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Looking back iii

Two recent opinions remind me, in different ways, of George Kennan’s warning that foreign policy doctrines are mainly for public consumption and that they can lead to policy disasters  (think containment and Vietnam) by oversimplifying reality.  If you’re interestsed in this … Continue reading

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Looking back ii

In the first post of this thread I asked whether the New Statesman had been premature in condemning the Libyan intervention now that Gaddafi’s regime had fallen.  The answer, according to Simon Jenkins, is no; the fall of Gaddafi changes nothing. … Continue reading

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ICC exemptions and Libya

Nice post by Julian Ku over at Opinio Juris on the ICC’s role in Libya. It is this kind of issue that adds credence to the claim that such interventions are acts of liberal imperialism i.e. the US can refer its enemies to the … Continue reading

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Looking back

On the 4 August The New Statesman wrote this on Libya: It is clear that Mr Cameron, an inexperienced prime minister who no doubt hoped for a Falklands-style triumph, has blundered into another military quagmire. Just 13 MPs voted against military … Continue reading

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Blair’s belated realism

Anyone who has followed Blair’s decision-making on Iraq may have been surprised by his piece in yesterday’s Observer.  He argued there that moralising about England’s riots made bad policy.  Focus on the specific problem and we can begin on a proper solution. … Continue reading

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A British NeoCon moment?

David Cameron’s “fight back” speech, which I listened to on the way in to the office yesterday, reminded me of the American neoconservative response to the counterculture movement and the urban riots of the 1960s and 70s. Following this up, I had … Continue reading

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