Monthly Archives: September 2011

Thoughts from the Labour fringe: Sri Lanka.

I spent the first part of this week on the fringe of the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.  Here are some thoughts as they relate to my project.  A meeting that couldn’t fail to have made an impression on anyone … Continue reading

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The war on terror enters its second decade (ii). War, hierarchy and continuity.

Over at Lawfare Robert Chesney has a post on the latest military commission charges.  These involve the case of the alleged USS Cole bomber al-Nashiri.  These charges are crucial for one of the arguments I’m advancing in my forthcoming book, which is … Continue reading

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“Debased Realism” and “selective opposition to tyranny”

George Eaton at The New Statesman has an interesting post on the shift in Prime Minister Cameron’s rhetoric.  Gone is the explicit realism of 2006.  Cameron is now “a full-blown convert to liberal interventionism”.  Yet this rhetorical shift is not enough for … Continue reading

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The war on terror in its second decade. Continuity we have to believe in (IV)

In my last project, “Law, War and the State of the American Exception”, I looked at the Obama administration’s policies in four areas where its predecessor challenged or violated international law. One of these was the use of force, in … Continue reading

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Are we going to see an ‘unreasonable veto’?

On the 6th February 2003 Tony Blair said this on BBC’s Newsnight Supposing in circumstances where there was a clear breach of Resolution 1441 and everyone else wished to take action, one put down a veto. In those circumstances it … Continue reading

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The UN Security Council and Syria

The Washington Post has an interesting editorial on the situation in Syria.  It essentially calls for regime change, arguing that the removal of the Assad regime is the only sure way to stop the killing.  It adds, however, that foreign … Continue reading

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Manningham-Buller’s second Reith lecture

If you liked the first Reith Lecture by Eliza Manningham Buller then you’ll probably also like the second.  I attended last night’s recording at the Leeds City Museum and there’s plenty in there to discuss.  The headline grabber will be … Continue reading

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